Summer Mustang Memo 7.1.22

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Note from Dr. Sheers

Happy Summer Mustangs! Hope you are getting some much needed rest and relaxation and enjoying the summer break!

We were just given 3 Monitor Positions at WSES and are looking to hire. I am hopeful a parent may be interested! You can read about the position, pay, etc. here: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?partnerid=25103&siteid=5042&PageType=JobDetails&jobid=1439810

Additionally, we would love more WSES substitutes and our favorite substitutes are those that are parents too! You can read more about becoming a substitute as well as how to apply here: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/substitute-teaching-opportunities

Please email me if you are interested in either of these positions. We are truly #strongertogether and would love for you to be part of our community in any way! 

Kelly Sheers

News and Notes

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Summer Reading Program
Summer is the perfect time to read! Whether reading with friends, reading by the pool, or reading on a rainy day, we want to encourage all Mustangs to read all summer long.

Our Summer Reading Challenge is simple and offers a variety of challenges to meet the interests and needs of all Mustang readers.  A printed version of the summer reading challenge went home with all K-5 students and it can be found on the school website along with Mrs. Stevenson’s summer reading recommendations. 

Students can return it the first week of school in August to be eligible for our random prize drawings and celebration.

Summer Meal Kits
Summer meal kits will be offered on Tuesdays at several sites through August 9. Meal kits contain seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under. Visit our Meals for Students website for more details on pick up locations and times. 

Free and Reduced Meals
For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

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

SOL Results
If your student took SOL tests this spring, you can view their scores in SIS ParentVUE now. Use a web browser to log into your SIS ParentVUE account. You will find spring SOL test performance levels and overall scores in the Test History section. You will also get an official score report in ParentVUE Documents by the end of July.

Don’t have a ParentVUE account? Create one today

Tutor.com - Available Summer 2022
FCPS students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com during the summer of 2022.  Students are able to use Tutor.com during the summer to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need. Students may also choose to access other tools/services such as practice quizzes in a variety of subject areas, as well as self-paced study courses for SAT/ACT preparation.

Details about how students can access Tutor.com via archived courses in Schoology are provided in Summer Access at Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services.  

Virtual Mental Wellness Consultations Available this Summmer
The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual mental wellness consultations this summer from June 21 through August 5. Any Fairfax County parent may request a consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker. Consultations are up to 45-minutes in length and may occur by phone or video conferencing.

There are two types of consultations offered:

  • Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, or academic functioning. Information about community resources will also be made available.
  • Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions; as well as academic challenges such as organization, time-management, or transitions and changes related to school.

We encourage parents to take advantage of this service. Request a consultation.  

A school psychologist or school social worker will respond to your request during the weeks you indicated being available in the survey. Please check your voicemail and email during your selected weeks in order to set up an appointment. You may leave a message at 703-503-2520 if you have questions or need to make any changes.

If you or someone you know may be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis, text HOME to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor, call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or call 911.

Save the Date

Save the Date!
Open House:  Thursday, August 18

First Day of School:  Monday, August 22

Back to School Night: Thursday, September 8

Happy Fourth of July Mustangs! 

6802 Deland Drive, Springfield, VA 22152  |  Main Phone: 703.912.4400
Attendance: 703.912.4444 or [email protected]
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Mustang Memo 6.10.22

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Note from Dr. Sheers

It is hard to believe the year is nearly over! I am honored and privileged to work for such a great community and wonderful students and staff. The teachers, staff, students, programs and community truly makes West Springfield an exceptional and unique school. From Mustang Night to our School-wide field trip, there is so much to celebrate! It seems like just yesterday that we opened our doors to nearly 600 students in August.

We opened our doors, masked and spread out, with joy in our hearts and laughter throughout.

Two years from COVID, we were back full time, It was great to be with friends and teachers, it was divine!

We mastered new skills we did not realize possible, air high fives, elbow bumps, we were unstoppable!

Through spirit days, field trips and fun celebrations, we found ways to find joy in our school and education.

It was great to be back and see our community, As we continued to navigate COVID immunity!

Masks on, masks off, we stayed the course as expected. No matter what, we are Mustangs, stronger together and connected.

Enjoy your summer!
Kelly Sheers

News and Notes

Class Placements 
We are sharing our class placements for next year via email later today. We hope that by providing your child’s teacher information now, you can arrange playdates with their new classmates to help you and your child prepare for the upcoming school year. Please do not email requesting a different teacher. In making class placements, a variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, and academic abilities are considered as we create our new classes.  We also strive to make sure that each child has at least one friend in their class.  That said, we do not guarantee that every student will be placed with their favorite peer and sometimes that favorite peer is not a good fit. Our teachers and staff have worked hard to make sure each child is placed well and for that reason, we request that you honor your child’s placement. Kindergarten and rising Second Grade placements will be communicated in August due to ongoing enrollment. 

Summer Reading Program
Summer is the perfect time to read! Whether reading with friends, reading by the pool, or reading on a rainy day, we want to encourage all Mustangs to read all summer long.

Our Summer Reading Challenge is simple and offers a variety of challenges to meet the interests and needs of all Mustang readers.  A printed version of the summer reading challenge is going home with all K-5 students and it can be found on the school website along with Mrs. Stevenson’s summer reading recommendations. 

Students can return it the first week of school in August to be eligible for our random prize drawings and celebration.

Student Laptop Return
Students will return their laptop and charger in school on the following dates:

  • Grades K-2 on Thursday, June 9th
  • Grades 3-6 on Friday, June 10th.

Lost and Found
We will be donating all items from Lost and Found on Tuesday, June 14.  We encourage all students and families to search the Lost and Found locations in the cafeteria and outside (by Door 3) prior to Tuesday, June 14.

Free and Reduced Meals
For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

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

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes.  

Moved or Moving?
We need to have current addresses for all our students! If you have moved, please stop into the school office so we can update our records. If you are planning to move, also be sure you let the school office know.

Medication Pick-Up
The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health rooms must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school (June 10 at 1:30) Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medication must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your child.  If you require Authorization Forms for the 2022-2023 school year, they may be downloaded from the FCPS website at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services.

End-of-Year Assessment Results: The following score reports can be found in ParentVUE.

Don’t have a ParentVUE account? Create one today: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parent-account-registration

SOL Score Reports: Located in ParentVUE beginning on June 8.

iReady Score Reports: Located in ParentVUE by mid July.

The following score reports will be mailed to parents/guardians by Central Office:

WIDA: Mailed late summer

SEL Screener: Mailed by mid July

VKRP (PALS/CBRS/EMAS): Mailed by mid July

VAAP: Mailed by mid August

Please reach out to Patty Hibner with any questions.

Save the Date

Friday, June 10 - Last Day of School/Early Release at 1:30 p.m.

Save the Date!
Open House:  Thursday, August 18

First Day of School:  Monday, August 22

6802 Deland Drive, Springfield, VA 22152  |  Main Phone: 703.912.4400
Attendance: 703.912.4444 or [email protected]
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Mustang Memo 6.3.22

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Students in fifth grade participated in the  "Archaeological Dig Project." Project-based learning at its best, this unit has students develop an understanding of different cultures and the way that humans construct history from incomplete data by creating and deciphering their own invented civilizations. 

Note from Dr. Sheers

The end of the year inevitably brings changes to our West Springfield staff and we are saying goodbye to some teachers and staff members who have made a significant impact on our school. We are sad to see them go and know their futures elsewhere are bright!

Classroom teachers, Ms. Monaco, Ms. Pendleton, Ms. Delaney and Ms. Burke are moving out of the area and not returning. Ms. Goodman is staying home with her infant son next year and Special Education teacher, Ms. Bustos, has been accepted into occupational therapy school.

Special education teachers, Ms. Samuels and Ms. Pow have accepted different positions within FCPS. Instructional Assistant, Ms. She has accepted a preschool Instructional Assistant position, Ms. Comfort, PHA, is transferring to another FCPS School, and Instructional Assistant Ms. Baldassi is leaving for a part-time position and will not be returning. Part music teacher, Ms. Kocsis has accepted a position at a private school and Ms. Merino has been promoted to a Student Information Assistant at another elementary school.

Please join me in sending best wishes to the fabulous West Springfield staff members who are leaving us. We wish them the very best in their upcoming endeavors.

News and Notes

Thank you!
We are delighted to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to our volunteers who enrich the lives and learning of our children.  Our dedicated parent volunteers assist our students in so many ways. We wish to also extend our gratitude to the PTA members who spend countless hours supporting our school, teachers and families. Specifically, a big “Thank you” to this year’s PTA President, Amy Bell, Vice President, Janelle Bradford, Secretary, Valerie Karow & Treasurer, Holly Swanson. Thank you all for helping make West Springfield the special place it is. Finally, thank you to our families as you support your child’s learning at home by sharing a love for learning.   

Free and Reduced Meals
For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

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

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes.  

Moved or Moving?
We need to have current addresses for all our students! If you have moved, please stop into the school office so we can update our records. If you are planning to move, also be sure you let the school office know.

Medication Pick-Up
The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health rooms must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school (June 10 at 1:30) Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medication must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your child.  If you require Authorization Forms for the 2022-2023 school year, they may be downloaded from the FCPS website at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services.

The Yearbooks are in!
If you placed an order for a yearbook they have been sent home with your student.  If you missed placing an order – sorry – there are no additional copies available. 

WSES Panoramic Photo is online!
Any student who has not had a chance to order a Panoramic photo, it’s not too late! All orders using the link below will direct ship to a home address entered at checkout.  https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000911751

Outdoor Lunch Volunteers
Below is a Sign Up Genius to help monitor our students during outdoor lunch.

Please sign up if you are able to help us out. On days that it is raining, we will eat inside and will not need your help. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B084DACA922AB9-wses

Patrol Application
Is your child a rising 5th or 6th grader and interested in applying to be a patrol for the 2022-23 School Year? Apply here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1L_Dvtiqm8u2EBlppkvKVUnj0zD3uzf-CNaFy8EtS-wA/edit?usp=sharing

Rising 4/5/6 Music Electives Sign Up

Attention Students in rising grades 4, 5, and 6!
Now is the time to enroll in your music electives for the 2022-2023 school year. Deadline to enroll is Friday, June 10.

Band or Strings (Rising Grades 4, 5, and 6)
In grades 4 – 6, students have the opportunity to start/continue an instrument. Fourth graders can choose strings, Fifth and Sixth graders can choose band OR strings. Students will receive one band/strings class a week. They will still have two general music classes and will not miss any other instruction.

Enroll here: HERE

Important information to know about the music programs:

  • Classes will meet once during specials.
  • This choice is a year-long commitment.
  • Students will be expected to participate in performances.
  • Students are expected to participate fully in class, follow all class rules, and practice regularly to learn their music.
  • Parents of Band and Strings students are expected to rent an instrument for their child.

Choir (Rising 5 and 6)
In grades 5 and 6, students can also join the choir program at West Springfield Elementary! Students have the option to participate in choir while also playing an instrument in either band OR strings. Choir will be held for 30-45 minutes once a week for both 5th and 6th grade students.

  • Students will be responsible for purchasing a choir polo (~$15-18), black pants/skirt and black closed toe shoes.
  • Students are expected to make up schoolwork they miss during instruction when attending weekly chorus.

SIGN UP HERE!

Questions about the programs?
Band Teacher - Leah Hellier at [email protected]
Strings Teacher – Harlie Krug [email protected] 
Choir Teacher – Sarah Sullivan at [email protected]

Please sign up by Friday, June 10! https://forms.gle/qTaNoix8r7E5gY3y9

Laptop Return

As the end of the school year approaches, we wanted to share with you the procedures related to the FCPS laptop assigned to your student.  We will be collecting all student laptops at the end of this school year, so that we may complete our inventory and maintenance.

Please note that we will re-distribute laptops to our students in the fall when our inventory and maintenance is complete, so your student will be able to use an FCPS laptop again next year.

If your child is participating in a summer learning program, you may keep the laptop through

July 29th, 2022.

  • Please fill out the Summer Intent Form to indicate if you will be keeping your FCPS issued laptop for summer learning. 
  • We will have a drop-off window at the end of the summer learning program.
  • All laptops MUST be returned to the school that issued it.

If your student currently has a MiFi device for home internet access, and you no longer need it, please return the device to your school. If your student continues to need the MiFi device for summer learning, you do not need to return the MiFi at this time, unless you are relocating outside of Fairfax County. 

In-school Student Laptop Return

Students will return their laptop and charger in school on the following dates:

  • Grades K-2 on Thursday, June 9th
  • Grades 3-6 on Friday, June 10th.

 Please be sure to send your child’s FCPS laptop and charger to school on their designated date. 

*If your child will not be at school on the above dates then please have your child leave the laptop with their classroom teacher on their last day.

If for any reason you are unable to return your child’s FCPS Laptop and Charger before the last day of school then, please contact our Technology Specialist, Nadia Anwar at [email protected] and she will schedule a time for you to drop off the device at school.

If your child has lost/ misplaced one of these items, you will need to pay the replacement fee(s). The replacement cost for the device charger is $28 and the laptop replacement fee is $472.

Preparing your device for return

  1. Clean your laptop. First, make sure you completely shut down or power off your laptop before you attempt to clean it. Using a Clorox wipe is fine if it’s not dripping wet, be sure to squeeze out any excess liquid.
  2. Do Not return the laptop sleeve, this is for your student to keep and use in the years to come.
Save the Date

Thursday, June  7 - PTA Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony 10:30 a.m.

Friday, June 10 - Last Day of School/Early Release at 1:30 p.m.

 

Save the Date!
Open House:  Thursday, August 18

First Day of School:  Monday, August 22

6802 Deland Drive, Springfield, VA 22152  |  Main Phone: 703.912.4400
Attendance: 703.912.4444 or [email protected]
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Mustang Memo 5.27.22

Govdelivery1 month 1 week ago

Thank you to our many parent volunteers, PE teachers and staff for a successful field day!

Note from Dr. Sheers

We want you to know that safety is our highest priority as school leaders and staff, and it is a responsibility that we think about every single day. Hopefully you received our community email on 5.25.22 reviewing our safety protocols as well as the FCPS safety protocols in place to continue to support our students and their safety at West Springfield. Please make sure you enter the school building with your driver's license to ensure a smooth check-in process.

Our school counselors and clinical team are always willing to support any student who may feel anxious or afraid in light of the recent events. Please don't hesitate to contact them for assistance as needed. 

  • Kimberly O'Connor (school counselor)
  • Jill Wolverton (school counselor)
  • Jen Lynch (social worker)
  • Tessa Dean (school psychologist)
News and Notes

Mustang Night - Reflection
We hope you enjoyed learning about the rich diversity of our Mustangs at Mustang Night! If you have any feedback on our evening as we plan for next year's Mustang Night, please email Dr. Sheers.

Join our New Parent Ambassador Committee!
We are looking for volunteers to serve as Parent Ambassadors for the 2022-2023 school year. At the start of a new school year (and throughout the school year), WSES welcomes many new families from around the world - both near and far - to our school. While our staff is always available to help new families with whatever they may need, sometimes it is helpful for a new family to be connected with another WSES parent who can help answer questions, connect them with local resources, and provide support. By volunteering to be a Parent Ambassador you will help us support our families (both new and returning) by being a valuable link to our school. Please sign up here. Questions? Contact our Family Liaison, Karen Lathrop.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1obpWgl3r31LuzQ4quX1yS2KTRtvjUv2fqFf9O9dHhnc/edit

WSES Panoramic Photo is online! ORDERS DUE TUESDAY!
Any student who has not had a chance to order a Panoramic photo, it’s not too late! All orders using the link below will direct ship to a home address entered at checkout.  https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000911751

6th Grade Panoramic
To place an order for the 6th grade pano, you don’t need an online code just cut & paste the link into a new browser, enter in your email address and Happy Shopping! Free shipping link to Tuesday, May 31, 2022 (close of business) https://vando.imagequix.com/s1259600443

Outdoor Lunch Volunteers
Below is a Sign Up Genius to help monitor our students during outdoor lunch.

Please sign up if you are able to help us out. On days that it is raining, we will eat inside and will not need your help. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B084DACA922AB9-wses

Patrol Application
Is your child a rising 5th or 6th grader and interested in applying to be a patrol for the 2022-23 School Year? Apply here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1L_Dvtiqm8u2EBlppkvKVUnj0zD3uzf-CNaFy8EtS-wA/edit?usp=sharing

Student Score Reports
ParentVUE Document Tab: The following score report letters are centrally published on the dates below which parents can access:

Rising 4/5/6 Music Electives Sign Up

Attention Students in rising grades 4, 5, and 6!
Now is the time to enroll in your music electives for the 2022-2023 school year. Deadline to enroll is Friday, June 10.

Band or Strings (Rising Grades 4, 5, and 6)
In grades 4 – 6, students have the opportunity to start/continue an instrument. Fourth graders can choose strings, Fifth and Sixth graders can choose band OR strings. Students will receive one band/strings class a week. They will still have two general music classes and will not miss any other instruction.

Enroll here: HERE

Important information to know about the music programs:

  • Classes will meet once during specials.
  • This choice is a year-long commitment.
  • Students will be expected to participate in performances.
  • Students are expected to participate fully in class, follow all class rules, and practice regularly to learn their music.
  • Parents of Band and Strings students are expected to rent an instrument for their child.

Choir (Rising 5 and 6)
In grades 5 and 6, students can also join the choir program at West Springfield Elementary! Students have the option to participate in choir while also playing an instrument in either band OR strings. Choir will be held for 30-45 minutes once a week for both 5th and 6th grade students.

  • Students will be responsible for purchasing a choir polo (~$15-18), black pants/skirt and black closed toe shoes.
  • Students are expected to make up schoolwork they miss during instruction when attending weekly chorus.

SIGN UP HERE!

Questions about the programs?
Band Teacher - Leah Hellier at [email protected]
Strings Teacher – Harlie Krug [email protected] 
Choir Teacher – Sarah Sullivan at [email protected]

Please sign up by Friday, June 10! https://forms.gle/qTaNoix8r7E5gY3y9

Parent Resources

FCPS is hosting a new, free webinar for military families on Friday, June 3 from 10:00 – 11:30 am.

Preparing for a Military Move? What Every Military Family Needs to Know

Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant tips and strategies for managing new challenges.

  • Registration and withdrawal process
  • How to use the Education Binder
  • Why goodbyes are important
  • Resources within FCPS for military families

To register for the workshop, use this link: Challenges of the Military Family

Attend free family and educator webinars to learn the latest information to help your child succeed. Find out more here.

Save the Date

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day (Holiday)

Thursday, June  7 - PTA Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony 10:30 a.m.

Friday, June 10 - Last Day of School/Early Release

6802 Deland Drive, Springfield, VA 22152  |  Main Phone: 703.912.4400
Attendance: 703.912.4444 or [email protected]
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WSES - All About Mustang Night

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Mustang Night - Wednesday, May 25

Come discover the rich diversity of our Mustangs at Mustang Night!

This event is an opportunity to learn more about our classmates and fellow WSES families by learning about each other through student projects, performances and food.  All students will have a project displayed. 

**Due an increase in Covid cases in the county and school, masks are encouraged.

Food and Paper Product Sign Up
Please bring something you love to eat in bite-sized portions to share along with a sign explaining what it is (please note allergens). To participate, please sign up here.

Schedule:
5:45 - 6:00 p.m. Food Drop Off
6:00 - 7:45 p.m. Travel through WSES for food and learning
6:30 p.m. Student Performance 1
7:15 p.m. Student Performance 2
7:45 - 8:00 p.m. Clean Up

Travel Through WSES 6:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Pick up our Mustang Scavenger Hunt and walk the hallways to view and learn our Mustangs. Don’t forget to stop into the specified classrooms for a tasting of our communities’ favorite foods. You’re welcome to take your food outside to enjoy from one of our picnic tables at the front of the building, eat in the classroom you are visiting, or find a space in our cafeteria. If you brought donated food, thank you! Please plan to return to the classroom at 7:45 p.m. to pick up your items.

Student Performances
Our choir and ukulele classes will be performing twice during the evening. Please stop by the gym at either performances to support them:

6:30 p.m. Performance 1
7:15 p.m. Performance 2

Clean up/Pack up 7:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Please return to pick up your food and help clean up our classrooms to prepare for the next day.

We look forward to a great evening celebrating our students! 

6802 Deland Drive, Springfield, VA 22152  |  Main Phone: 703.912.4400
Attendance: 703.912.4444 or [email protected]
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Mustang Memo 5.20.22

Govdelivery1 month 2 weeks ago
Note from Dr. Sheers

We are looking forward to see you at Mustang Night on Wednesday! Since the county and school is experiencing an increase in Covid cases, masks are encouraged. Food will be located throughout the building with plenty of space for us to spread out and enjoy the tastings our families have contributed both inside and outside. Don't forget to sign up below to help contribute to our food tastings.  

We look forward to learning about each other as a community. 

News and Notes

Mustang Night - Wed., May 25 5:45 -7:45 p.m.
Come discover the rich diversity of our Mustangs at Mustang Night.

This event is an opportunity to learn more about our classmates and fellow WSES families by learning about each other through student projects, performances and food.  All students will have a project displayed. 

Mustang Night Food Sign Up
Please bring bite-sized portions of something you love to eat along with a sign explaining what it is (please note allergens). To participate, please sign up here

Join our New Parent Ambassador Committee!
We are looking for volunteers to serve as Parent Ambassadors for the 2022-2023 school year. At the start of a new school year (and throughout the school year), WSES welcomes many new families from around the world - both near and far - to our school. While our staff is always available to help new families with whatever they may need, sometimes it is helpful for a new family to be connected with another WSES parent who can help answer questions, connect them with local resources, and provide support. By volunteering to be a Parent Ambassador you will help us support our families (both new and returning) by being a valuable link to our school. Please sign up here. Questions? Contact our Family Liaison, Karen Lathrop.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1obpWgl3r31LuzQ4quX1yS2KTRtvjUv2fqFf9O9dHhnc/edit

WSES Panoramic Photo is online!
Any student who has not had a chance to order a Panoramic photo, it’s not too late! All orders using the link below will direct ship to a home address entered at checkout.  https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000911751

Outdoor Lunch Volunteers
Below is a Sign Up Genius to help monitor our students during outdoor lunch.

Please sign up if you are able to help us out. On days that it is raining, we will eat inside and will not need your help. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B084DACA922AB9-wses

Patrol Application
Is your child a rising 5th or 6th grader and interested in applying to be a patrol for the 2022-23 School Year? Apply here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1L_Dvtiqm8u2EBlppkvKVUnj0zD3uzf-CNaFy8EtS-wA/edit?usp=sharing

Rising 4/5/6 Music Electives Sign Up

Attention Students in rising grades 4, 5, and 6!
Now is the time to enroll in your music electives for the 2022-2023 school year. Deadline to enroll is Friday, June 10.

Band or Strings (Rising Grades 4, 5, and 6)
In grades 4 – 6, students have the opportunity to start/continue an instrument. Fourth graders can choose strings, Fifth and Sixth graders can choose band OR strings. Students will receive one band/strings class a week. They will still have two general music classes and will not miss any other instruction.

Enroll here: HERE

Important information to know about the music programs:

  • Classes will meet once during specials.
  • This choice is a year-long commitment.
  • Students will be expected to participate in performances.
  • Students are expected to participate fully in class, follow all class rules, and practice regularly to learn their music.
  • Parents of Band and Strings students are expected to rent an instrument for their child.

Choir (Rising 5 and 6)
In grades 5 and 6, students can also join the choir program at West Springfield Elementary! Students have the option to participate in choir while also playing an instrument in either band OR strings. Choir will be held for 30-45 minutes once a week for both 5th and 6th grade students.

  • Students will be responsible for purchasing a choir polo (~$15-18), black pants/skirt and black closed toe shoes.
  • Students are expected to make up schoolwork they miss during instruction when attending weekly chorus.

SIGN UP HERE!

Questions about the programs?
Band Teacher - Leah Hellier at [email protected]
Strings Teacher – Harlie Krug [email protected] 
Choir Teacher – Sarah Sullivan at [email protected]

Please sign up by Friday, June 10! https://forms.gle/qTaNoix8r7E5gY3y9

Rising Kindergarten Orientation

We are excited to begin thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30?  Please start your registration now by filling out this interest sign-up.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. Thank you!

Next Week!
Tuesday, May 24 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (bring your child) Parent Resources

FCPS is hosting a new, free webinar for military families on Friday, June 3 from 10:00 – 11:30 am.

Preparing for a Military Move? What Every Military Family Needs to Know

Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant tips and strategies for managing new challenges.

  • Registration and withdrawal process
  • How to use the Education Binder
  • Why goodbyes are important
  • Resources within FCPS for military families

To register for the workshop, use this link: Challenges of the Military Family

Attend free family and educator webinars to learn the latest information to help your child succeed. Find out more here.

Save the Date

Tuesday, May 24 - Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, May 25 - WSES Mustang Night

Friday, May 27 - Orange and Blue Spirit Day to celebrate the graduating WSHS class

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day (Holiday)

Thursday, June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony 10:30 a.m.

Friday, June 10 - Last Day of School/Early Release

6802 Deland Drive, Springfield, VA 22152  |  Main Phone: 703.912.4400
Attendance: 703.912.4444 or [email protected]
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Mustang Memo 5.13.22

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We see you; we welcome you; you belong here. We celebrated the completion of our new mural welcoming students into the school. Artist Raman Singh's mural incorporates the ideas of our students and invites them to see themselves in the mural.  Note from Dr. Sheers

Join our New Parent Ambassador Committee!

We are looking for volunteers to serve as Parent Ambassadors for the 2022-2023 school year. At the start of a new school year (and throughout the school year), WSES welcomes many new families from around the world - both near and far - to our school. While our staff is always available to help new families with whatever they may need, sometimes it is helpful for a new family to be connected with another WSES parent who can help answer questions, connect them with local resources, and provide support. By volunteering to be a Parent Ambassador you will help us support our families (both new and returning) by being a valuable link to our school.

We’d like to have ambassadors in a variety of capacities, including language and special interest (e.g. military, special education).

Language ambassadors are essential to help welcome new families from different cultures. They help families transition from other countries by sharing local traditions and school protocols/procedures. Language ambassadors may be called on from time to time to help translate for non-English speaking families.

A special interest ambassador may be a military-connected family willing to assist a new WSES military-connected family by answering questions about the community or sharing helpful resources. Other examples of a special interest ambassador would be a parent who is familiar with and can help new families with special education program questions and resources; or a parent who has children in the same class or grade level as a new family and is available to be a point of contact should the new family have any questions.

If you are interested in becoming a Parent Ambassador or have any questions, please fill out the form below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1obpWgl3r31LuzQ4quX1yS2KTRtvjUv2fqFf9O9dHhnc/edit

News and Notes

Mustang Night - Wed., May 25 5:45 -7:45 p.m.
Come discover the rich diversity of our Mustangs at Mustang Night.

This event is an opportunity to learn more about our classmates and fellow WSES families by learning about each other through student projects, performances and food.  All students will have a project displayed. 

Mustang Night Food and Paper Product Sign Up
Please bring bite-sized portions of food of something you love to eat along with a sign explaining what it is (please note allergens). To participate, please sign up here. Don’t want to cook? No problem! We need donations of paper products too and can sign up to bring those items here.

Mustang Me
Last week we sent home an optional “Mustang Me” project for students to complete. Students can draw pictures, write, cut and paste photos to include in their “Mustang Me” page to be displayed during Mustang Night. Please keep an eye out for a blank “Mustang Me” page in your child’s Thursday folder. You can also download a copy of the “Mustang Me” page here. Please turn by Friday, May 20

Field Day
Field Day will take place on May 20th. Students have been working hard learning different games throughout the year and we are making sure they have all the information they need.

We would like to give you some information as well. First, 3rd -6th grade field day will take place in the morning from 10:00 am -12:00 pm and K-2nd grade field day will be in the afternoon from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Don’t miss all the fun! We need YOUR Help! Volunteer here

Outdoor Lunch Volunteers
Below is a Sign Up Genius to help monitor our students during outdoor lunch.

Please sign up if you are able to help us out. On days that it is raining, we will eat inside and will not need your help. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B084DACA922AB9-wses

Dr. Reid Virtual Town Hall
On Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m., incoming superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall. Watch your email and upcoming issues of FCPS This Week for more details, including how to register. Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1. Dr. Reid held an in-person town hall May 3 that can be viewed on the FCPS YouTube Channel. 

Patrol Application
Is your child a rising 5th or 6th grader and interested in applying to be a patrol for the 2022-23 School Year? Apply here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1L_Dvtiqm8u2EBlppkvKVUnj0zD3uzf-CNaFy8EtS-wA/edit?usp=sharing

Pyramid Art Exhibit
The Pyramid Art Exhibit is an annual art show.  Selected artwork from WSES will be displayed along with artwork from Cardinal Forest, Hunt Valley, Keene Mill, Orange Hunt, Rolling Valley, Washington Irving Middle School and West Springfield High School.  If your child has a piece in the art show, they will receive an official invitation from Mrs. Whitbourne or Mrs. Mahon. 

Art Show Details
Location: Workhouse Arts Center, Building 16
Showing: May 11-May 22
Reception: Saturday, May 14th, 6-8 pm

Rising Kindergarten Orientation

We are excited to begin thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30?  Please start your registration now by filling out this interest sign-up.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. Thank you!

Save the Date - Kindergarten Orientation
Tuesday, May 24 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (bring your child) SOL Testing Information

Please be mindful of the dates that your child tests when scheduling appointments.  If your child is absent on a testing day, we will provide time for make-ups upon return.

Tuesday, May 17: 6th Math AND 3rd Math
Wednesday, May 18: 5th Science

Parent Resources

Attend free family and educator webinars to learn the latest information to help your child succeed. Find out more here.

Positivity Project

This week concludes Activities for the Positivity Project – this week’s character strength is OPM Outro Week – Other People Mindset.  The mission of P2 is to empower you to build positive relationships by understanding, appreciating, and exemplifying the character strengths in us all. People who have strong, positive relationships do five things consistently - these are the five practices of the Other People Mindset. 1. Recognize the good in other people, 2. Recognize that everything you say or do affects other people, 3. Support others when they struggle, 4. Cheer people on when they succeed, 5. Remain present when giving people your attention. People who have a strong Other People Mindset are able to build and maintain strong, positive relationships with others.  Find out more about what we’ve learned through the Positivity Project by watching this video 

Save the Date

Friday, May 20 - Field Day/Mustang Me Page due

Tuesday, May 24 - Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, May 25 - WSES Mustang Night

Friday, May 27 - Orange and Blue Spirit Day to celebrate the graduating WSHS class

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day (Holiday)

Thursday, June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony 10:30 a.m.

Friday, June 10 - Last Day of School/Early Release

6802 Deland Drive, Springfield, VA 22152  |  Main Phone: 703.912.4400
Attendance: 703.912.4444 or [email protected]
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WSES - Outdoor Lunch Volunteers Needed

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We are hoping to be able to spread out more during lunch, however we need parent volunteers in order to do so.

Below is a Sign Up Genius to help monitor our students during outdoor lunch.

Please sign up if you are able to help us out. On days that it is raining, we will eat inside and will not need your help.

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B084DACA922AB9-wses

Thank you!

6802 Deland Drive, Springfield, VA 22152  |  Main Phone: 703.912.4400
Attendance: 703.912.4444 or [email protected]
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Mustang Memo 5.6.22

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Note from Dr. Sheers

We have a slight uptick in positive Covid cases in our school and wanted to remind parents to please monitor their children and to not send them to school if they have any of the following Covid-like symptoms: 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

We are finding most students who attended school with positive Covid had one of the above symptoms. Your help monitoring your children will help us in our efforts to mitigate Covid in the classroom and school, thank you! You can monitor the county dashboard here.

News and Notes

Mustang Night - Wed., May 25 5:45 -7:45 p.m.

Come discover the rich diversity of our Mustangs at Mustang Night.

This event is an opportunity to learn more about our classmates and fellow WSES families by learning about each other through student projects, performances and food.  All students will have a project displayed. 

Mustang Night Food and Paper Product Sign Up
Please bring bite-sized portions of food of something you love to eat along with a sign explaining what it is (please note allergens). To participate, please sign up here. Don’t want to cook? No problem! We need donations of paper products too and can sign up to bring those items here

Mustang Me
We kick off our Mustang Night events this week by sending home an optional “Mustang Me” project for students to complete. Students can draw pictures, write, cut and paste photos to include in their “Mustang Me” page to be displayed during Mustang Night. Please keep an eye out for a blank “Mustang Me” page in your child’s Thursday folder. You can also download a copy of the “Mustang Me” page here. Please turn by Friday, May 20

Patrol Application
Is your child a rising 5th or 6th grader and interested in applying to be a patrol for the 2022-23 School Year? Apply here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1L_Dvtiqm8u2EBlppkvKVUnj0zD3uzf-CNaFy8EtS-wA/edit?usp=sharing

Safety Patrol Summer Training
The training will be on 6/14/22 – Training begins at school from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and then we depart via bus for West Ox Garage at 10:30 a.m. The training at West Ox runs from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., and we expect to be back to school by 12:30 p.m. Students must attend if applying to be a patrol.

Sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094eaaa82da2f85-fcps3

Spring Photos
Spring Portraits are now available to view and order online!  Please remember, the online code is the Student ID Number. https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000910864

Parent questions/concerns regarding portraits can be directed to [email protected]

Pyramid Art Exhibit
The Pyramid Art Exhibit is an annual art show.  Selected artwork from WSES will be displayed along with artwork from Cardinal Forest, Hunt Valley, Keene Mill, Orange Hunt, Rolling Valley, Washington Irving Middle School and West Springfield High School.  If your child has a piece in the art show, they will receive an official invitation from Mrs. Whitbourne or Mrs. Mahon. 

Art Show Details
Location: Workhouse Arts Center, Building 16
Showing: May 11-May 22
Reception: Saturday, May 14th, 6-8 pm

Field Day
Field Day will take place on May 20th. Students have been working hard learning different games throughout the year and we are making sure they have all the information they need.

We would like to give you some information as well. First, 3rd -6th grade field day will take place in the morning from 10:00 am -12:00 pm and K-2nd grade field day will be in the afternoon from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Don’t miss all the fun! We need YOUR Help! Volunteer here

Rising Kindergarten Orientation

We are excited to begin thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30?  Please start your registration now by filling out this interest sign-up.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. Thank you!

Save the Date - Kindergarten Orientation
Tuesday, May 24 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (bring your child) SOL Testing Information

Please be mindful of the dates that your child tests when scheduling appointments.  If your child is absent on a testing day, we will provide time for make-ups upon return.

Tuesday, May 10: 3rd Reading
Wednesday, May 11: 5th Math
Thursday, May 12: 4th Math
Tuesday, May 17: 6th Math AND 3rd Math
Wednesday, May 18: 5th Science

Parent Resources

Attend free family and educator webinars to learn the latest information to help your child succeed. Find out more here.

Positivity Project

Positivity Project - Week of May 2
This week’s character strength is Purpose – Purpose means you have beliefs about the meaning of life and your life’s purpose.  You seek to be part of something greater than yourself it gives individuals the sense that they are put on this earth for a reason and that they are somehow connected with humanity or the universe. People who possess a sense of purpose believe that they were put on earth for a reason. It allows them to persevere and find courage in trying circumstances or lead with kindness and love even when it’s not reciprocated. Find out more about Purpose by watching this  videoNext week is our Outro Week- Other People Mindset.

Save the Date

Wednesday, May 11 - Mural Reveal/Celebration 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 13 - PTA Blue & White Night

Friday, May 20 - Field Day/Mustang Me Page due

 

Tuesday, May 24 - Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, May 25 - WSES Mustang Night

Friday, May 27 - Orange and Blue Spirit Day to celebrate the graduation WSHS class

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day (Holiday)

Thursday, June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony 10:30 a.m.

Friday, June 10 - Last Day of School/Early Release

6802 Deland Drive, Springfield, VA 22152  |  Main Phone: 703.912.4400
Attendance: 703.912.4444 or [email protected]
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Mustang Memo 4.29.22

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600 students, 145 chaperones, 81 staff members and 19 buses! Thank you all for a terrific school-wide field trip to the zoo! #strongertogetherwses

Note from Dr. Sheers

Our upcoming Mustang Night (May 25) is an opportunity to learn more about our classmates and fellow WSES families by learning about each other through student projects, performances and food.  

We kick off our Mustang Night events next week by sending home an optional “Mustang Me” project for students to complete. Students can draw pictures, write, cut and paste photos to include in their “Mustang Me” page to be displayed during Mustang Night. Please keep an eye out for a blank “Mustang Me” page in your child’s Thursday folder. You can also download a copy of the “Mustang Me” page here

Additionally, in class, each student will be creating an artifact about themselves to represent who they are, and what makes them feel special. These artifacts will be displayed around the school during our Mustang Night.

Here are some examples of guiding questions which you may ask your child as they consider the things that make them special. This conversation will help your child brainstorm and identify characteristics and parts of their identity which they might like to include in their Mustang Night artifact and on their “Mustang Me” page.

  • What are things that make you special that we can see?
  • What are things that make you special that we can not see?
  • What is something that other people don’t always understand about you?
  • What are you proud of?
  • In what ways are you or your family unique?
  • Who is part of your family?
  • How do you contribute to your family?
News and Notes

Spring Photos
Spring Portraits are now available to view and order online!  Please remember, the online code is the Student ID Number. https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000910864

Parent questions/concerns regarding portraits can be directed to [email protected]

Pyramid Art Exhibit
The Pyramid Art Exhibit is an annual art show.  Selected artwork from WSES will be displayed along with artwork from Cardinal Forest, Hunt Valley, Keene Mill, Orange Hunt, Rolling Valley, Washington Irving Middle School and West Springfield High School.  If your child has a piece in the art show, they will receive an official invitation from Mrs. Whitbourne or Mrs. Mahon. 

Art Show Details
Location: Workhouse Arts Center, Building 16
Showing: May 11-May 22
Reception: Saturday, May 14th, 6-8 pm

Field Day
Field Day will take place on May 20th. Students have been working hard learning different games throughout the year and we are making sure they have all the information they need.

We would like to give you some information as well. First, 3rd -6th grade field day will take place in the morning from 10:00 am -12:00 pm and K-2nd grade field day will be in the afternoon from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Don’t miss all the fun! We need YOUR Help! Volunteer here

Rising Kindergarten Orientation

We are excited to begin thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30?  Please start your registration now by filling out this interest sign-up.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. Thank you!

Save the Date - Kindergarten Orientation
Tuesday, May 24 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (bring your child) SOL Testing Information

It’s hard to believe, but the SOL testing window is approaching quickly!  The window itself is open from April 25 – May 20, with retakes (for qualifying students only) being given the week of May 23.

Here is the testing schedule.  Please be mindful of the dates that your child tests when scheduling appointments.  If your child is absent on a testing day, we will provide time for make-ups upon return.

Tuesday, May 3: 6th Reading
Wednesday, May 4: 5th Reading
Thursday, May 5: 4th Reading
Tuesday, May 10: 3rd Reading
Wednesday, May 11: 5th Math
Thursday, May 12: 4th Math
Tuesday, May 17: 6th Math AND 3rd Math
Wednesday, May 18: 5th Science

Parent Resources

Attend free family and educator webinars to learn the latest information to help your child succeed. Find out more here.

Positivity Project

Positivity Project - Week of April 25
This week’s character strength is Prudence - Prudence is the ability to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. It's a future-oriented way of thinking that helps a person set goals, make plans, and have the discipline to accomplish them. Prudence supports effective individual self-management, whether aspiring for an athletic record, academic grade, or purchasing a car, foresight and planning are necessary. Prudence provides the wisdom to know which character strength to leverage, at which time, to achieve your desired end state. Find out more about Prudence by watching this video. Next character strength:  Purpose

Save the Date

Friday, April 29 - PTA Bingo Night & Autism Awareness Spirit Day (Wear Blue)

Wednesday, May 4 - Mural Reveal and Celebration 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 20 - Field Day

Tuesday, May 24 - Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, May 25 - WSES Mustang Night

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day (Holiday)

Thursday, June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony 10:30 a.m.

Friday, June 10 - Last Day of School/Early Release

6802 Deland Drive, Springfield, VA 22152  |  Main Phone: 703.912.4400
Attendance: 703.912.4444 or [email protected]
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Mustang Memo 4.22.22

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We are honored to serve a community that has such a large military population. We appreciate your service, strength and sacrifices for our country. #monthofthemilitarychild

Note from Dr. Sheers

Our school-wide field trip is next week and we are excited! We will go rain or shine, so please plan accordingly. 

Thank you to our many parent volunteers who are chaperoning, we appreciate you! Parking at WSES will be limited, so please plan accordingly (carpool, park in the neighborhood, walk, etc.), and be at school at 8:45 a.m.

Students will receive their field trip T-shirt the morning of our trip to put on. Lunches should be packed in a disposable bag. 

We will discuss student behavior expectations at school, but it would be helpful if parents reviewed expectations at home to include: stay with your chaperone, listen to the adults, be kind and respectful Mustangs, and leave no trace of a Mustang behind.

We are looking forward to a great trip building community together. 

News and Notes

Principal and Assistant Principal for the the Day!
The PTA and Administration is hosting an online silent auction where families can bid for their child to get to be Principal for the Day or Assistant Principal for the Day! They'll get to go on the news show, set a new rule for the day, visit classrooms and more!

Bidding is open now, and the winners will be announced at the the PTA Bingo Night! Click here to bid! 

On Friday, April 29, please join us to celebrate our students with Autism by wearing blue. Blue represents the color for Autism Awareness. Let's show our support and Mustang pride by wearing anything blue to acknowledge our many Mustangs with Autism. 

Cards for Seniors Week: April 25 - April 29, 2022
In partnership with WSES PTA's Community of Caring Committee, we invite all WSES students to help us in recognizing and honoring the Senior Citizens in our community by making cards or writing notes of appreciation that will be delivered to Senior Communities in our area. 

Join us for a card making session in the cafeteria afterschool on Monday, April 25 (3:45 - 5:00pm). All students and parents are welcome! If you are unable to attend, the PTA will have a collection box in front of the main office until 4/29. Make cards/notes at home and drop them off anytime next week.

Rising Kindergarten Orientation

We are excited to begin thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30?  Please start your registration now by filling out this interest sign-up.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. Thank you!

Save the Date - Kindergarten Orientation
Tuesday, May 24 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (bring your child) SOL Testing Information

It’s hard to believe, but the SOL testing window is approaching quickly!  The window itself is open from April 25 – May 20, with retakes (for qualifying students only) being given the week of May 23.

Here is the testing schedule.  Please be mindful of the dates that your child tests when scheduling appointments.  If your child is absent on a testing day, we will provide time for make-ups upon return.

Tuesday, May 3: 6th Reading
Wednesday, May 4: 5th Reading
Thursday, May 5: 4th Reading
Tuesday, May 10: 3rd Reading
Wednesday, May 11: 5th Math
Thursday, May 12: 4th Math
Tuesday, May 17: 6th Math AND 3rd Math
Wednesday, May 18: 5th Science

Parent Resources

Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

Fridays - 10:00-11:30 a.m.

  • 4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

Positivity Project

Positivity Project - Week of April 18
This week’s character strength is OPM – Identifying & appreciating the good in others – Identifying and appreciating the good in other people helps you see the world through a more positive -- and less threatening -- lens. If you’re constantly seeing the negative traits of people, you’re going to think the world is comprised of bad people -- and you’re going to operate from a defensive posture. This isn’t to say that we should be naive or see the world, and its people, through “rose-colored glasses”. It’s just that we should strive to understand people’s intent. If you see the good in another, they are likely to see the good in you.  Find out more about Identifying & appreciating the good in other by watching this video. Next character strength:  Prudence

Save the Date

Thursday, April 28 - School-wide Field Trip

Friday, April 29 - PTA Bingo Night & Autism Awareness Spirit Day (Wear Blue)

Wednesday, May 4 - Mural Reveal and Celebration 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 20 - Field Day

Tuesday, May 24 - Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, May 25 - WSES Mustang Night

Thursday, June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony 10:30 a.m.

Friday, June 10 - Last Day of School/Early Release

6802 Deland Drive, Springfield, VA 22152  |  Main Phone: 703.912.4400
Attendance: 703.912.4444 or [email protected]
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Mustang Memo 4.15.22

Govdelivery2 months 2 weeks ago

Artist, Raman Singh, has begun our community mural! Final reveal and celebration is Wednesday, May 4th at 5:00 p.m.

Note from Dr. Sheers

Hard to believe we are in our fourth quarter of school! Before we know it, we will be packing up and wishing you a wonderful summer! Lots of activities will be occurring between now and the end of the school year. Please review your child's newsletters and the Mustang Memo thoroughly so you don't miss out on anything!

Next week we are celebrating the Month of the Military Child. See below for more information and ways for you to participate.

On Friday, April 29, please join us to celebrate our students with Autism by wearing blue. Blue represents the color for Autism Awareness. Let's show our support and Mustang pride by wearing anything blue to acknowledge our many Mustangs with Autism. 

 

News and Notes

The WSES Scholastic Spring Book Fair is Coming!
The Spring Book Fair will be held in the Library from Monday, April 18th – Friday, April 22nd.  Each class will be scheduled for a visit to the Fair during their normal library class time.  Please feel free to join your child’s class for his or her Book Fair visit.  In addition to scheduled class visits, the Bok Fair will be open on Wednesday from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Book Fair flyers will be going home in Thursday packets this week.  If you would like to take advantage of eWallet you can set it up for your student(s) here 

Each year I count on volunteers to help run the fair. We need assistance on Friday, April 15 after school to set up the Fair and on the 22 to pack it all up.  In addition to those two dates, it is extremely helpful to have weekday volunteers to answer the kids' questions (i.e. how much does this book cost), tidy up, and help our youngest students create wish lists to bring home.

If you are interested in volunteering please click up our sign up link here (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c4ba5ae2ba0f94-west

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Stevenson at [email protected] 

"The most radical act you can perform as an ally to Autistic people is to accept them exactly as they are and beyond that to celebrate them and their neurotype."  Nancy Doyle, organizational psychologist specializing in neurodiversity

Join us in recognizing #AutismAcceptanceMonth! See how: https://bit.ly/FCPSautismAcceptance

On Friday, April 29, please join us by wearing blue to support our Mustangs.

Cards for Seniors Week: April 25 - April 29, 2022
In partnership with WSES PTA's Community of Caring Committee, we invite all WSES students to help us in recognizing and honoring the Senior Citizens in our community by making cards or writing notes of appreciation that will be delivered to Senior Communities in our area. 

LAST DAY TO ORDER A YEARBOOK- TODAY!
Keep your order 21854 number handy when you log on.  All orders are due by Friday, April 15, 2022 and can be placed online: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/21854

Rising Kindergarten Orientation

We are excited to begin thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30?  Please start your registration now by filling out this interest sign-up.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. Thank you!

Save the Date - Kindergarten Orientation
Tuesday, May 24 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (bring your child) SOL Testing Information

It’s hard to believe, but the SOL testing window is approaching quickly!  The window itself is open from April 25 – May 20, with retakes (for qualifying students only) being given the week of May 23.

Here is the testing schedule.  Please be mindful of the dates that your child tests when scheduling appointments.  If your child is absent on a testing day, we will provide time for make-ups upon return.

Tuesday, May 3: 6th Reading
Wednesday, May 4: 5th Reading
Thursday, May 5: 4th Reading
Tuesday, May 10: 3rd Reading
Wednesday, May 11: 5th Math
Thursday, May 12: 4th Math
Tuesday, May 17: 6th Math AND 3rd Math
Wednesday, May 18: 5th Science

Month of the Military Child

In April, we will be celebrating Month of the Military Child to recognize the military connected students at WSES.  Below are some opportunities to participate:   

  • Picture of your family:  Send in a picture of your military connected family to be featured on the WSES news show.  If you sent a picture in last year, we could use the same picture- let us know!  
  • Students to speak on the news show:  Looking for military connected students who are interested in speaking on the news show about their experience of being part of a military family.  We can work with the students on what they may want to say!    
  • Help with decorating:  Need 4th, 5th, and 6th grade volunteers to help with decorations for Purple Up Day on April 20.  Students do not need to be military connected to help with this.      
  • Show your spirit on April 20:  Any interested/available military parents are encouraged to dress in their uniform on Purple Up Day (Wednesday, April 20) to walk their child up to school (all WSES students encouraged to wear purple that day). 

Please direct submissions and questions to our Military Counselor, Kristen Mahoney:  [email protected] or 202-725-7018.  Deadline for submissions/volunteers is March 31, 2022.  

Parent Resources

Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

Fridays - 10:00-11:30 a.m.

  • 4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

Positivity Project

Positivity Project - Week of April 11

This week’s character strength is Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence - Appreciating excellence and beauty helps an individual experience positive emotions and connect to the world around him/her. It’s an outward facing strength, meaning the individual is focused on the world outside his/her head. And, not only is the individual outwardly focused, but often deeply absorbed in a sense of awe or admiration, freeing him/her to forget anxieties or troubles. People with this character strength are not looking to criticize the world or its people, but instead take pleasure from their excellence. Find out more about Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence by watching this video. Next character strength:  OPM – Identifying & appreciating the good in others

Save the Date

Week of April 17 - Month of the Military Child Spirit Week

Thursday, April 28 - School-wide Field Trip

Friday, April 29 - PTA Bingo Night & Autism Awareness Spirit Day (Wear Blue)

Wednesday, May 4 - Mural Reveal and Celebration 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 20 - Field Day

Tuesday, May 24 - Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, May 25 - WSES Mustang Night

Thursday, June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony 10:30 a.m.

Friday, June 10 - Last Day of School/Early Release

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Attendance: 703.912.4444 or [email protected]
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Thanks to Ms. Carney, WSES reading teacher (who breeds rabbits), our students Read with Rabbits this week!

Note from Dr. Sheers

This week we paused to celebrate and thank our staff for their continuous efforts to maximize our students' potential. Thank you for celebrating our passionate and dedicated staff.

Our staff is committed to giving their all to the West Springfield community. They demonstrate outrageous love to our students every day, create high expectations, and help all Mustangs develop the skills they need to navigate our  ever-changing world.  

News and Notes

Spring Break
The office is closed Friday, April 1 - Friday, April 8.

Monitor Symptoms
We have had zero cases of Covid since unmasking and want to keep it that way! As a reminder, please monitor your child's symptoms when returning from Spring Break and err on the side of caution. Please keep your child home if they exhibit any cold-like symptoms, stomachache, headache, nausea, fever, running nose, etc. Wishing you a wonderful, relaxing Spring Break! 

Payment for School Wide Field Trip
Permission/Emergency Care Forms are due! For your convenience, payments continue to be accepted 24/7 online at MySchoolBucks https://bit.ly/WSESMySchoolBucks. Payments are due April 6. Contact Debbie Phillips, FT/AA at 703-912-4402 or [email protected] with any questions.

Thank You!
Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who assisted Dr. Sheers and Ms. Hibner in recess coverage! Appreciate the love to our staff during staff appreciation and a special thank you to our PTA for the special treats too!

Order Yearbooks Now! $17.00 today through April 15, 2022 – Keep your order 21854 number handy when you log on.  All orders are due by Friday, April 15, 2022 and can be placed online: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/21854

FCPS Online Tutoring - Opt-Out Information
Students will be able to access Tutor.com through a link in Schoology beginning mid-April, 2022. Your student will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless you submit an opt-out request. If you do not want your student to have access to this online tutoring resource, complete the opt-out via ParentVUE by April 11, 2022.  Directions for opting out can be found on the Online Tutoring Services website. If you are unable to opt-out via ParentVUE, submit the hard copy form that will be sent home from school. You may also opt your student out of Tutor.com tutoring service at a later date via ParentVUE or by submitting a request to your student's school.

Rising Kindergarten Orientation

We are excited to begin thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30?  Please start your registration now by filling out this interest sign-up.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. Thank you!

Save the Date - Kindergarten Orientation
Tuesday, May 24 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM SOL Testing Information

It’s hard to believe, but the SOL testing window is approaching quickly!  The window itself is open from April 25 – May 20, with retakes (for qualifying students only) being given the week of May 23.

Here is the testing schedule.  Please be mindful of the dates that your child tests when scheduling appointments.  If your child is absent on a testing day, we will provide time for make-ups upon return.

Tuesday, May 3: 6th Reading
Wednesday, May 4: 5th Reading
Thursday, May 5: 4th Reading
Tuesday, May 10: 3rd Reading
Wednesday, May 11: 5th Math
Thursday, May 12: 4th Math
Tuesday, May 17: 6th Math AND 3rd Math
Wednesday, May 18: 5th Science

Month of the Military Child

In April, we will be celebrating Month of the Military Child to recognize the military connected students at WSES.  Below are some opportunities to participate:   

  • Picture of your family:  Send in a picture of your military connected family to be featured on the WSES news show.  If you sent a picture in last year, we could use the same picture- let us know!  
  • Students to speak on the news show:  Looking for military connected students who are interested in speaking on the news show about their experience of being part of a military family.  We can work with the students on what they may want to say!    
  • Help with decorating:  Need 4th, 5th, and 6th grade volunteers to help with decorations for Purple Up Day on April 20.  Students do not need to be military connected to help with this.      
  • Show your spirit on April 20:  Any interested/available military parents are encouraged to dress in their uniform on Purple Up Day (Wednesday, April 20) to walk their child up to school (all WSES students encouraged to wear purple that day). 

Please direct submissions and questions to our Military Counselor, Kristen Mahoney:  [email protected] or 202-725-7018.  Deadline for submissions/volunteers is March 31, 2022.  

Positivity Project

Positivity Project - Week of March 28

This week’s character strength is Fairness. Fairness is the product of moral judgement -- the process by which people determine what is morally right and what is morally wrong. Cultivating the character strength of fairness is correlated with highly desirable developmental outcomes. It helps people to become trustworthy friends, responsible citizens, and generally moral people.  Find out more about Fairness by watching this video . Next character strength:  Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

Save the Date

April 4 - 8 - Spring Break

Week of April 17 - Month of the Military Child Spirit Week

Thursday, April 28 - School-wide Field Trip

Friday, April 29 - PTA Bingo Night & Spirit Day

Wednesday, May 4 - Mural Reveal and Celebration 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 20 - Field Day

Tuesday, May 24 - Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, May 25 - WSES Mustang Night

Thursday, June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony 10:30 a.m.

Friday, June 10 - Last Day of School/Early Release

6802 Deland Drive, Springfield, VA 22152  |  Main Phone: 703.912.4400
Attendance: 703.912.4444 or [email protected]
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PTA Science Night was a hit!

Note from Dr. Sheers

Next week is West Springfield's Staff Appreciation Week for our truly amazing staff! As we celebrate Staff Appreciation Week, I would like to recognize West Springfield’s outstanding teachers and staff.  Our teachers go above and beyond to demonstrate their professional commitment to students. We have a staff that rises to every challenge and gives their heart and soul to their daily work. It is truly remarkable to be among them. We have so many good reasons to be proud of West Springfield’s teachers and staff; they are a treasure for our school community! Please take the time to send them a note of appreciation.

News and Notes

Spring Picture Day is Tuesday, March 29
You will be able to view and order your child's photos in their online gallery approximately ten days after picture day. If you have any questions leading up to picture day, please reach out to Victor O’Neill Studios by emailing [email protected] .

Ground Bees
FCPS pest control evaluated the bees in our front yard and have identified them as nonstinging ground bees and will not treat the area.

Candy Donations Requested
One way to a happy staff is keeping their candy bowl filled with chocolate!!  We would appreciate any candy donation for our office bowl.  Our staff loves a sweet treat throughout the day, but we have completely run out!

FCPS Online Tutoring - Opt-Out Information
Students will be able to access Tutor.com through a link in Schoology beginning mid-April, 2022. Your student will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless you submit an opt-out request. If you do not want your student to have access to this online tutoring resource, complete the opt-out via ParentVUE by April 11, 2022.  Directions for opting out can be found on the Online Tutoring Services website. If you are unable to opt-out via ParentVUE, submit the hard copy form that will be sent home by your school. You may also opt your student out of Tutor.com tutoring service at a later date via ParentVUE or by submitting a request to your student's school.

Book Character Parade - Thursday, March 31
Please send your child to school wearing a costume of their favorite book/character and a copy of the book to carry in the parade. Participation is optional.

Children should bring a change of clothes in their backpack for after the parade if their costume is uncomfortable. Keep in mind that Thursday, March 31 is an early dismissal and students will be going home at 1:30 p.m.

All costumes must be school appropriate (no scary costumes, masks or weapons allowed).  

Parents are invited to assemble along the track on the upper field to view the parade. In the event of rain, we will parade around the gym and cafeteria and will welcome families in to line our hallways. We hope you can join us and enjoy this fun event!  

SIXTH GRADE Parent Volunteers Needed - Wednesday, March 30
For Teacher Appreciation Week, we need support from volunteers to assist in transitioning our students from lunch to recess and helping monitor our students at recess so that our teachers can enjoy an hour lunch break for Teacher Appreciation Week. 

Sixth Grade families, help your teacher get an hour lunch break by signing up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4ba4af2cab9-march

Optional Parent Input
One of our important tasks as the end of the school year approaches is to determine class placements for the following year. The school staff works collaboratively to plan teacher and student assignments. A variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, gender and academics are considered as we create new classes.

West Springfield families have an option to assist in placements by providing insights about their child(ren). Please note the following restrictions:

  • We will not accept requests for specific teachers. This includes hints to referencing teachers or emailing your child’s teacher with a request directly.
  • Input must be submitted by the deadline, Thursday, March 31 to be considered. We will not accept late requests.
  • We cannot guarantee friend requests. While it’s helpful for us to know some names of close friends, we defer to the placement team on placements and cannot guarantee friend requests.

The deadline for any correspondence regarding the next school year is Thursday, March 31 via our Google form at: https://forms.gle/dK4Yn3FcoDuTZVoF6

Food Reminders
We cannot accommodate fast food deliveries/drop-offs for students during the day.  Accepting outside food deliveries is also against Code of Federal Regulations 210.11.  Please do not drop off fast food or deliver fast food to West Springfield for your child.

Order Yearbooks Now! $17.00 today through April 15, 2022 – Keep your order 21854 number handy when you log on.  All orders are due by Friday, April 15, 2022 and can be placed online: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/21854

Rising Kindergarten Orientation

We are excited to begin thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30?  Please start your registration now by filling out this interest sign-up.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. Thank you!

Save the Date - Kindergarten Orientation
Tuesday, May 24 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM SOL Testing Information

It’s hard to believe, but the SOL testing window is approaching quickly!  The window itself is open from April 25 – May 20, with retakes (for qualifying students only) being given the week of May 23.

Here is the testing schedule.  Please be mindful of the dates that your child tests when scheduling appointments.  If your child is absent on a testing day, we will provide time for make-ups upon return.

Tuesday, May 3: 6th Reading
Wednesday, May 4: 5th Reading
Thursday, May 5: 4th Reading
Tuesday, May 10: 3rd Reading
Wednesday, May 11: 5th Math
Thursday, May 12: 4th Math
Tuesday, May 17: 6th Math AND 3rd Math
Wednesday, May 18: 5th Science

Month of the Military Child

In April, we will be celebrating Month of the Military Child to recognize the military connected students at WSES.  Below are some opportunities to participate:   

  • Picture of your family:  Send in a picture of your military connected family to be featured on the WSES news show.  If you sent a picture in last year, we could use the same picture- let us know!  
  • Students to speak on the news show:  Looking for military connected students who are interested in speaking on the news show about their experience of being part of a military family.  We can work with the students on what they may want to say!    
  • Help with decorating:  Need 4th, 5th, and 6th grade volunteers to help with decorations for Purple Up Day on April 20.  Students do not need to be military connected to help with this.      
  • Show your spirit on April 20:  Any interested/available military parents are encouraged to dress in their uniform on Purple Up Day (Wednesday, April 20) to walk their child up to school (all WSES students encouraged to wear purple that day). 

Please direct submissions and questions to our Military Counselor, Kristen Mahoney:  [email protected] or 202-725-7018.  Deadline for submissions/volunteers is March 31, 2022.  

Positivity Project

Positivity Project - Week of March 21
This week’s character strength is Humor – This week’s character strength is humor.  Humor is a sense of playfulness and lightness. It is a way of looking at and describing the world that brings laughter to people. A person with the strength of humor is skilled at seeing the funny side of things, bringing smiles and laughter to others, and identifying and communicating the absurdities in life. Next week’s character strength:  Fairness.

Save the Date

Monday, March 28 - April 1 - WSES Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday, March 29 - Spring Pictures (Classes and Individuals)

Wednesday, March 30 - Lunch/Recess Volunteers

Thursday, March 31 - Book Character Parade/Read-in Day/2-Hour Early Release
**Parent Input Due

Friday, April 1 - Student Holiday

April 4 - 8 - Spring Break

Friday, April 29 - PTA Bingo Night

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Attendance: 703.912.4444 or [email protected]
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Artist Raman Singh

Note from Dr. Sheers

We are excited to welcome artist-in-residence, Ramandip Singh to West Springfield! Raman is an artist and educator living in Springfield, Virginia. He graduated from Lewis High School in 2009 and went to art school at VCU. After earning his two degrees in both Art Education and Fine Arts, he moved back to Northern Virginia. Since college, he teaches art and creates beautiful murals and artwork throughout the community.

Raman will be collaborating with our students to create a mural at the front of our building around our theme, "we see you, we welcome you, you belong here." 

Save the date for Wednesday, May 4 at 5:00 p.m. for our Community Reveal!

News and Notes

Staff Appreciation Week is the week of Monday, March 28 - Friday, April 1 prior to Ramadan, to honor our staff who are fasting for Ramadan in April. Please plan accordingly and help us share our appreciation for our wonderful West Springfield Staff!

Candy Donations Requested
One way to a happy staff is keeping their candy bowl filled with chocolate!!  We would appreciate any candy donation for our office bowl.  Our staff loves a sweet treat throughout the day, but we have completely run out!

Family K12 Insight Survey
FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the Family Engagement Survey to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. The survey will be open March 13th - April 3rd. It will be available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, Korean, Farsi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. All responses will be confidential. Survey results will be used to develop a plan to improve family and school partnerships throughout the division. For more information, please check out the survey webpage. On March 13th, the link was sent to your email and will also go live here.

Our Book Character Parade is back!
It will take place Thursday, March 31 on our Read-in Day at 9:30 a.m.!  Please send your child to school wearing a costume of their favorite book/character, with a copy of the book to carry in the parade.

Children should bring a change of clothes in their backpack for after the parade if their costume is uncomfortable. Keep in mind that Thursday, March 31 is an early dismissal and students will be going home at 1:30 p.m.

All costumes must be school appropriate (no scary costumes, masks or weapons are allowed).  

Parents are invited to assemble along the track on the upper field to view the parade. In the event of rain, we will parade around the gym and cafeteria and will welcome families in to line our hallways. We hope you can join us and enjoy this fun event!  

School Wide Field Trip to the Zoo
We are going WILD at the National Zoo! West Springfield Elementary is partaking on an exciting journey of learning and building community on Thursday, April 28.  We are taking a SCHOOL-WIDE field trip to the zoo!

Thank you to those who already signed up to be a chaperone. Limited spots remain, please sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b084daca922ab9-wses2
No more room for chaperones? No problem, meet us there!

Parent Volunteers Needed - Wednesday, March 30
For Teacher Appreciation Week, we need  support from volunteers to assist in transitioning our students from lunch to recess and helping monitor our students at recess so that our teachers can enjoy an hour lunch break for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Ideally, we would like 2 volunteers per classroom. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4ba4af2cab9-march

Optional Parent Input
One of our important tasks as the end of the school year approaches is to determine class placements for the following year. The school staff works collaboratively to plan teacher and student assignments. A variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, gender and academics are considered as we create new classes.

West Springfield families have an option to assist in placements by providing insights about their child(ren). Please note the following restrictions:

  • We will not accept requests for specific teachers. This includes hints to referencing teachers or emailing your child’s teacher with a request directly.
  • Input must be submitted by the deadline, Thursday, March 31 to be considered. We will not accept late requests.
  • We cannot guarantee friend requests. While it’s helpful for us to know some names of close friends, we defer to the placement team on placements and cannot guarantee friend requests.

The deadline for any correspondence regarding the next school year is Thursday, March 31 via our Google form at: https://forms.gle/dK4Yn3FcoDuTZVoF6

Food Reminders
We cannot accommodate fast food deliveries/drop-offs for students during the day.  Accepting outside food deliveries is also against Code of Federal Regulations 210.11.  Please do not drop off fast food or deliver fast food to West Springfield for your child.

Order Yearbooks Now! $17.00 today through April 15, 2022 – Keep your order 21854 number handy when you log on.  All orders are due by Friday, April 15, 2022 and can be placed online: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/21854

Rising Kindergarten Orientation

We are excited to begin thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30?  Please start your registration now by filling out this interest sign-up.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. Thank you!

Save the Date - Kindergarten Orientation
Tuesday, May 24 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM SOL Testing Information

It’s hard to believe, but the SOL testing window is approaching quickly!  The window itself is open from April 25 – May 20, with retakes (for qualifying students only) being given the week of May 23.

Here is the testing schedule.  Please be mindful of the dates that your child tests when scheduling appointments.  If your child is absent on a testing day, we will provide time for make-ups upon return.

Tuesday, May 3: 6th Reading
Wednesday, May 4: 5th Reading
Thursday, May 5: 4th Reading
Tuesday, May 10: 3rd Reading
Wednesday, May 11: 5th Math
Thursday, May 12: 4th Math
Tuesday, May 17: 6th Math AND 3rd Math
Wednesday, May 18: 5th Science

Month of the Military Child

In April, we will be celebrating Month of the Military Child to recognize the military connected students at WSES.  Below are some opportunities to participate:   

  • Picture of your family:  Send in a picture of your military connected family to be featured on the WSES news show.  If you sent a picture in last year, we could use the same picture- let us know!  
  • Students to speak on the news show:  Looking for military connected students who are interested in speaking on the news show about their experience of being part of a military family.  We can work with the students on what they may want to say!    
  • Help with decorating:  Need 4th, 5th, and 6th grade volunteers to help with decorations for Purple Up Day on April 20.  Students do not need to be military connected to help with this.      
  • Show your spirit on April 20:  Any interested/available military parents are encouraged to dress in their uniform on Purple Up Day (Wednesday April 20) to walk their child up to school (all WSES students encouraged to wear purple that day). 

Please direct submissions and questions to our Military Counselor, Kristen Mahoney:  [email protected] or 202-725-7018.  Deadline for submissions/volunteers is March 31, 2022.  

Positivity Project

Positivity Project - Week of March 14

This week’s character strength is Love of Learning – You practice this strength when you master new skills and topics on your own or in school.  Those with a love of learning are motivated and engaged in a topic regardless of achieving an external standard.  They enjoy learning simply for the sake of learning.   Their reward is the process of doing the work and improving.  Find out more about Love of Learning by watching this video . Next week’s character strength:  Humor.

Save the Date

Wednesday, March 23 - PTA Science Expo 5:00 p.m.

Monday, March 28 - April 1 - WSES Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday, March 29 - Spring Pictures (Classes and Individuals)

Wednesday, March 30 - Lunch/Recess Volunteers

Thursday, March 31 - Book Character Parade/Read-in Day/2-Hour Early Release
**Parent Input Due

Friday, April 1 - Student Holiday

April 4 - 8 - Spring Break

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Attendance: 703.912.4444 or [email protected]
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