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The PTA Science Fair was a huge success! Great job scientists!Note from Dr. Sheers
Please join me in welcoming Ms. Joan Carter as our interim Assistant Principal. Ms. Carter is a recently retired experienced school-based administrator. She began her career in education as a teacher at Rose Hill ES in Fairfax County Public Schools. She knew early on that she wanted to support teachers and students as a school leader with a strong instructional background and as a result, she taught grades 2nd-8th in Fairfax County Public Schools. Her passion for technology in education led her down her path as an Instructional Technology Coordinator in a neighboring district for five years. Once she obtained her administration and supervision endorsement from The University of Virginia, Ms. Carter returned to Fairfax County where she was an assistant principal at Stratford Landing ES. Most recently she spent the last 7 years as the assistant principal at McNair ES in Herndon.
Ms. Carter believes the greatest reward of school based leadership is building strong relationships with students, families and staff. She consistently thinks of the whole child in her day-to-day decision making.
In her off time, Ms. Carter loves spending time with her family. Her daughter, Sophie, is a senior at George Mason University pursuing a career in education. Ms. Carter's hobbies include cooking, fitness and decorating. She and her family love to vacation and explore new cities.
She looks forward to serving the West Springfield ES community. Ms. Carter can be reached at [email protected]News and Notes
Order Your Yearbook Today!
Friday, April 14t is the last day to order your WSES yearbook. No extras are ordered so please don’t miss out! Online order only here.
Upcoming Principal Coffee - Dyslexia, MTSS and Special Education at WSES - Tuesday, March 28 at 7 p.m.
We invite you to join Mrs. Carney (Reading Specialist) and Mrs. Feil (SPED Dept. Chair) in a conversation around Dyslexia. We will discuss what Dyslexia looks like, how a person with Dyslexia sees the world, and characteristics of a child with Dyslexia. We will also talk about the newest explicit instructional practices we use in FCPS for children with Dyslexia, our explicit core phonics instruction, MTSS and Special Education at WSES. Please RSVP to Connie Carney to receive a zoom link to join.
SCA Spirit Week
- Monday 3/20 - First Day Of Spring! Wear something that reminds you of spring or your favorite spring color
- Tuesday 3/21 – March Madness. Wear your favorite team jersey
- Wednesday 3/22 – Wacky Wednesday--Crazy sock day. Wear crazy socks
- Thursday 3/23 – Throwback Thursday—dress like you’re in the 80’s or 90’s.
- Friday 3/24 - Spring into School Spirit---Wear your mustangs spirit wear or blue and white.
Please help WSES plan for staffing and programs by letting us know if you are intend to return next 2023-2024 school year or are moving. Please return Student Intention forms by March 31.
Picture Day March 28, 2023
Spring Pictures will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2023. You will be able to view and order your child’s photos in their gallery approximately ten days after picture day. If you have any questions leading up to picture day, please reach out to Victor O’Neil Studios by emailing [email protected]
Cards for Senior Citizens Week: Monday, March 27 – Friday, March 31
WSES and the PTA’s Community of Caring Committee invite all students to help us recognize the Senior Citizens in our community by making cards and writing notes of appreciation. The cards/notes will be delivered to Senior Communities in our area. Join us for a card-making session in the cafeteria on Monday, March 27 from 3:45 - 5:00 pm. Stop by and decorate a special card or write a note. All parents and students are welcome! Supplies will be provided. If you can’t make the card-making session, the PTA will have a collection box outside the front office from March 27-31. Make your cards at home and bring them in throughout the week. Interested in volunteering for the card-making event or able to donate supplies? Sign-up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0545AFAD2DA2FB6-wses6
On Tuesday, March 28, we will be joined virtually by author and editor Keila Dawson. Keila is the author of the nonfiction picture book, “Opening the Road: Victor Hugo and His Green Book”. Both books feature poems from familiar children’s authors about young people who spoke up to bring awareness and change to their communities.
Details on obtaining signed copies of her books will be going home in the student packets.
Optional Parent Input
The deadline for any correspondence regarding the next school year is Friday, March 31 via our Google form at: https://forms.gle/UpAAEY658W8Ue6M29
Book Character Parade
Our Book Character Parade will take place on Friday, March 31 on our Read-in Day at 9:30! 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.
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 that you will come and enjoy this fun event!Resources
FCPS 2023 Purple Up! T-Shirt
April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize children from military families for their contributions and sacrifices. FCPS is inviting all students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” by wearing purple on April 19 for military children. For those who are interested, a special FCPS Purple Up! t-shirt is available for order now through March 16: Order Here. We will be sharing information on our school’s Purple Up! activities soon.
FCPS’ New Strategic Plan
FCPS emailed a survey link to all parents and caregivers on Monday, March 6 requesting input on the work-in-progress for the development of FCPS’ new Strategic Plan. Your perspective is important and will help ensure a thriving future for each and every FCPS student. If you haven't had a chance to take the survey yet, please check your email. If you are a community member who does not have a student enrolled in FCPS, please use this link to participate. All responses are anonymous and confidential. Information from the survey will be shared with and analyzed by Performance Fact, Inc. (PFI), the company FCPS hired to help create our Strategic Plan. Visit our Strategic Planning webpage for more details.
Technology Use Reports by Lightspeed
Did you know parents/guardians can sign up to receive a weekly report about their child’s internet activity on their FCPS device? The weekly report is provided from Lightspeed (the FCPS internet content filtering service) and will list the top sites your child has visited that week. The report also offers parents/guardians the ability to create a Parent Portal which gives them access to more detailed information about their child’s internet browsing, as well as the ability to “pause” internet access on FCPS devices during non-school hours. If you are interested in receiving the weekly screen activity report, submit a request on the Technology Support for Families page.
Magnet School Information Nights
Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. FCPS is accepting applications for its elementary magnet school program now through Wednesday, April 12, at 4:00 p.m. Get more information about parent information nights and the magnet school lottery, or on the schools, their programs, and locations.
Webinar: The Benefits of Sleep on a Child’s Developing Brain
Join sleep disorder specialists from the National Institute for Mental Health for a special 2-part webinar series: Unlocking the Mysteries of Sleep and the Developing Brain: Tuesday, March 14 from 10:00-11:30 am (Session 1) and Tuesday, March 28 from 10:00-11:30 am (Session 2). For more information or to register: Webinar Registration.
Tuesday, March 28 - Principal Coffee on Dyslexia and Special Education at WSES 7:00 pm *Please RSVP for the link
Spring Portraits and Class Group Photos
Wednesday, March 29 - Salad Bar Opens!
Friday, March 31 - Book Character Parade @ 9:30 am
April 3-7 - Spring Break
Wednesday, April 26 - School Wide Field Trip!SOL Schedule
Please save the date and try to avoid appointments on the following SOL testing days:
Tuesday, May 16 Grade 3 - 6 Reading SOL
Friday, May 19 Grades 3- 6 Math SOL
Wednesday, May 24 Grade 5 Science
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Attendance: 703.912.4444 or [email protected]
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