The Wolftrap Connection: Week of November 8

Upcoming Events

Calendar Reminder

November 19 - Open House, Book Fair and Deadline for Original Works Orders

November 20 - Open House and Book Fair

November 21-23 - Thanksgiving Break

November 24 - Bike Drive

November 26 - Vienna Holiday Stroll (chorus performing)

November 28 - Walking Wednesday

November 30 - Spirit Day - Western Day

December 3 - FCCPTA Advocacy Night

December 5 - Walking Wednesday

December 6 - Talent Show Previews

December 7 - Make-Up Picture Day and Education Survey Deadline

Principal's Message

2018 Wolftrap Time Capsule

Dear Wolftrap Families:

TIME CAPSULE: On November 2, we reburied our time capsule! It was originally buried in 1976 and then re-buried in 2001. We opened it in honor of our 50th anniversary and left instructions for it to be reopened in 2043, in honor of our 75th anniversary. We collected artifacts from each grade level to represent the year 2018. We also included an iPhone with pictures and videos. Additionally, each homeroom created a newsletter to capture examples of popular songs, food, fashion, sport teams, and books. Copies of the newsletters are on display in the display case next to the library. In order to better preserve the artifacts, we vacuum-sealed all of the contents, laminated all of the paper, and purchased a state of the art time capsule. Thank you to the PTA for sharing the cost! This was an exciting undertaking and we hope that the future generations of Wolftrap students will enjoy it!

MAKE-UP PICTURE DAY: If your child was absent on Picture Day in September, is new to the school, or would like to have pictures retaken, the photographer will be available on Friday, December 7. If you would like to participate, please have your child bring the full contents of the original package on that day.

NO HOMEWORK POLICY OVER BREAKS: Once again, all nine schools in the Madison Pyramid have adopted a policy and communicated to teachers that we will have no homework over Thanksgiving, winter break and spring break. We want our students to spend time with their families and have the opportunity to take a break from school work. We want our teachers to decompress and put their lesson plan books and laptops away for a few days while they spend time with their families and friends as well.

OPEN HOUSE/BOOK FAIR: It was wonderful to see so many families attending Open House this year. Thank you for your contributions of food to compile 120 Thanksgiving bags for families at our sister school!

AMAZON SMILES: When making holiday purchases this season, please consider supporting Wolftrap! Shopping through Amazon Smiles will get 0.5% of every purchase to Wolftrap Elementary PTA. When you select your charity, simply search Wolftrap Elem PTA. Link here to sign up for Amazon Smiles and begin the shopping and giving to Wolftrap PTA!

I wish you all a happy and restful Thanksgiving holiday.


Teresa Khuluki

Message from the PTA

National PTA

Wow! What a week last week. We had another successful Dining for Dollars and opened the Book Fair only to be thwarted by Mother Nature (although the kids loved having the snow day!). Luckily our hardworking and persistent Book Fair team worked with the vendor and all of our volunteers to extend the schedule and allow for the Book Fair to be open this week as well! The Book Fair will be open today (Nov. 19th) and tomorrow (Nov. 20th) during the Open Houses and have extended hours tonight. New hours are posted below for your reference. Also of note, today is the deadline for Original Works orders. You still have time- don’t miss out on this great opportunity to support the school and get a keepsake item of your child’s artwork at the same time. Submit them here: Thank you to all of the volunteers who make those events and programs possible and to all of the parents who support them.

Extended Book Fair Hours

Monday November 19th: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday November 20th: 9:00am – 1:00pm

This week in our message in addition to the above WES PTA items, we wanted to highlight two items from a Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) perspective.

1. Education Survey: This is a survey put out by the FCCPTA to better understand parent opinion and concerns regarding topics such as class size, technology, curriculum, advanced academics, and special education. The responses will guide FCCPTA engagement with FCPS, the school board, Board of Supervisors and the State of Virginia. In addition, your local PTA will receive school specific data to guide their planning and activities. It is available in multiple languages and all responses are anonymous. It is open now through December 7th! If you have a few moments and want your voice heard by the FCCPTA, you can fill it out here:

If you have any questions, contact Matt Dunne,


2.  Advocacy Night: Monday, December 3rd, FCCPTA presents a unique opportunity for Fairfax County families and education supporters to learn about the school budget process and share what matters to them. Elected officials from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the FCPS School Board representing each district have been invited. Event begins at 7pm at Fairfax County Government Center. Register and find out more information here: Fairfax County Advocacy Night

As always, please reach out should you have any questions about the PTA or how to get involved:

Spirit Wear Sale-Limited Time Only!

Kids 50th Anniversary Shirts on Sale: Starting November 1st, all KIDS 50th anniversary shirts (youth sizing: small, medium and large) will be 1/2 price ($10 each) while supplies last!  If you are interested in purchasing a shirt for your child, please email & they will get you a shirt.  We also have stadium chairs, blankets, water bottles, umbrellas & adult 50th anniversary shirts in stock.  Email us if you need some new Wolftrap gear!

Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Wolftrap Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link: You may nominate multiple employees as there are several categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Original Works...Deadline Today!

Original Art Works

Still looking for great holiday gifts?  Personalized Order forms will be sent home with your child later this week.  Simply log in to the Original Works online gallery and view various professionally made items featuring your child's artwork.  Order and support our school.  All orders will be delivered directly to the school and sent home with your child prior to the Winter Break.  The order deadline is TODAY, Monday, November 19th.

Wolftrap Talent Show

All Wolftrap Students are invited to join us this year to “Find Your Spotlight” in this year's Wolftrap Talent Show.  So grab your friends and prepare to share your talent!

This year’s talent show will take place on January 12th at Madison High School. 

Previews for all acts will be on December 6th from 3:30-6:30 in 30 minute time slots.  Please sign up on the Wolftrap PTA Website.  Music(if using) must be submitted prior to being assigned a preview slot, and no act is allowed to be more than 2 minutes in length.

Please submit questions to

Veteran's Day Assembly

2018 Wolftrap Veterans Day

Thirty-five fabulous sixth grade students worked with Mrs. Khuluki to design all aspects of the Veteran’s Day assembly. These students volunteered for one of four roles: speaking, singing, artistic design and decorations. They practiced before and during school and we are so proud of the assembly that they produced. We were able to honor the veterans of the Wolftrap community in a respectful assembly which was attended by students in grades 3-6. Thank you to the veterans who participated in our interview process and all of the families who submitted pictures and posters for the Wall of Valor. Thank you to the PTA committee who decorated the display case and the cafeteria. Also, thank you to our music teachers, Ms. Barker and Ms. Chambers, for teaching the students all of the songs.

Bike Drive

Donate Your Unwanted Bike to Help Others: The Committee for Helping Others (CHO) will be holding its final day of its Bike Drive on November 24. Make the holidays a little better this year for a less fortunate child in our community. If you have a gently-used bike in good riding condition that you no longer need, let CHO direct it to someone who will really appreciate it.   See flyer for details.

Walking Wednesday

Walking Wednesday Golden Sneaker October 2018

We have decided to continue Walking Wednesdays on a weekly basis thru the end of the year. Caffe Amouri has kindly agreed to continue their donations as well. 2nd grade won the Golden Sneaker for October. Pictured are 4th graders Cassie Geer and Emily Bogle presenting the award to 2nd grader, Lauren Magalik.


No Parking on Talisman

Important Safety Note:
Please do NOT drop off/pick up students along the school side of Talisman between Beulah and St. Roman.

For the safety of our Wolftrap students, please use the designated kiss and ride or park in permissible areas.

School Rebates

Box Top Winner

Box Tops for Education
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Fall Box Tops contest! Together, we collected 5,029 Box Tops and earned $502.90 for our school. Congratulations to the winners of the contest: Mr. Painter's class contributed 632 and Ben Myers collected an amazing 395. Kaylin and Marshall Johnson were close runners-up with more than 250 each. That's a lot of Box Tops! Everyone did an awesome job raising money for the school. Keep up the great work and remember to ask friends, family, and neighbors to clip and save their Box Tops for you.


Giant A+ Rewards and Harris Teeter Together in Education
Thanksgiving is almost here! Don't forget to register your grocery cards to support Wolftrap Elementary. For Giant, sign up now at with Wolftap's School ID: 02136. If you do not know your Giant number, please call 1-877-366-2668, option #1. For Harris Teeter, visit and use the code #5578. Don't forget to ask friends, neighbors, and relatives to register their cards too. With 300 families registered, we already have earned almost $1,450 from Giant purchases this year! Contact Amy Britton at with any questions.


Amazon Smile

The holidays are approaching, which means you probably will be shopping on Amazon! You can earn money for Wolftrap Elementary School every time you shop simply by using the Amazon Smile link. Visit and search for Wolftrap to set up our school as your benefiting charity. Make sure that you bookmark and shop through this link every time you need something from Amazon. Also, share this website with friends, family members, and neighbors. Contact Amy Britton at with any questions.

Pizza Bingo 2018

Wolftrap Pizza Bingo Night 2018

Pizza Bingo 2018 was a huge success! We raised more money for the PTA than the last three years for this event. The new "grab bag" raffle prizes were a big hit, especially the giant teddy bear won by Emily Bogle. Thanks again to ALL the families, faculty and ALL of our great volunteers, especially our amazing emcee, Ms. Burdett! So nice to see so many familiar and new Wolftrap families at Pizza Bingo Night!

After School Programs

After School Programs Announcement: Be on the lookout for our new Winter/Spring After School Programs flyer coming up in the December Connection. Some of our new classes will include: Kaizen Karate, Lacrosse/Basketball,Calm Art by Ms. Mallino, American Sign Language by Ms.Robb and Ms. Stubbs, Study Skills by Ms. Kassing and Escape Room Jr!!! Registration opens the middle of December and classes will begin the week of January 28, 2019!

Wolftrap 5K & Fun Run

Wolftrap 5K & Fun Run

Save the date! This year's annual Wolftrap Elementary 5K & Fun Run will be on Sunday, April 28th! Last year's race had over 650 registered runners and raised over $45,000 for the school -- this is an event you won't want to miss!

Watch D.O.G.S Update

Watch D.O.G.S.

Thanks to all the Watch D.O.G.S. volunteers that have signed up already! We now have just a few more dates available for the winter and spring!!  Please use our sign up genius to select a date!

As previously mentioned, if you have signed up for a date and haven’t received your free Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer t-shirt please email - include size, child’s name, grade & home room teacher. Additionally, Watch D.O.G.S. shirts for your kids to wear can be purchased for $10 and can be ordered by emailing Please include the size of shirt that you need. All shirts will be sent home with your children.