The Wolftrap Connection: Week of January 21

Upcoming Events

Calendar Reminder

January 23 - Walking Wednesday, FCCPTA General Membership Meeting

January 24 - End of Quarter

January 25 - No School (Student Holiday)

February 1 - Cultural Arts Assembly, Wolftrap Elementary Spirit Wear Spirit Day, Chinese New Year (6:00 PM)

February 4 - No School (Student Holiday)

February 5 - Progress Reports, GRACE Art JAM

February 6 - Walking Wednesday

February 7 - PTA Meeting (7:00 PM)

Principal's Message

Dear Wolftrap Families:

January has been a busy month so far and, in between snow days and student holidays, our teachers and students have packed in a lot of learning and fun activities. As you are aware, our 1st semester is quickly coming to a close and progress reports outlining your child’s mastery of content standards will be sent home by Tuesday, February 5, 2019. This is an opportune time to review these reports with your child, celebrate successes, and set goals for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year.

New this year, I am leading an Eco-Schools team which includes our counselor, school-based technology specialist, advanced academic resource teacher, and K-6 classroom teachers. We have begun the multi-year initiative toward our goal of being recognized as an Eco-School through the National Wildlife Federation. Through school-based action teams of students, administrators, teachers, and community volunteers, Eco-Schools combines effective "green" management of the school grounds, facilities and enhances the curriculum. It is our hope next year to have interested parents to serve on this team with select upper-grade students.

The team has accomplished the following goals so far this year:

  • Has begun exploring the many resources and requirements of the Eco-Schools program
  • Has developed new roles and responsibilities for new student jobs to be included in the sharing of classroom responsibilities
  • Has provided all students with guidelines for the responsibilities of the Energy Monitor and Recycling Monitor
  • Has increased understanding of current versus previous year energy usage and recycling amounts
  • Has purchased a subscription to Green Teacher magazine to aid in professional development

The Energy Monitor and Recycling Monitor roles began in classrooms after the new year. Students in homerooms will take turns serving in these roles, in addition to traditional classroom jobs such as line leader, office messenger, table washers, etc.

SUPPORTING FURLOUGHED PARENTS: Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to providing support for our families affected by the government shutdown. In addition to holding two hiring events for substitute teachers, lunch will be provided to all students regardless of ability to pay or temporary financial circumstances. If your family is experiencing financial difficulties, please reach out to Wolftrap school counselors Laura May and/or Lisa Johnson so we can help get you connected to community-based services and resources. If you require financial support with upcoming field trips or other school-related expenses, please reach out to me directly.

VDOE STUDENT SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY: Before the winter break, I notified you that students in grades 4-6 would be taking a statewide Student School Climate Survey mandated by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). This survey was scheduled to be conducted from Monday, January 14, 2019 to Friday, February 8, 2019. Based on feedback from principals and school administrators, FCPS Superintendent Brabrand, in collaboration and consultation with the State Superintendent, has granted an exemption of the VDOE Student School Climate Survey for this year and will not be administered.


Teresa Khuluki

Message from the PTA

National PTA

Winter is here!

We hope everyone enjoyed our first snow storm of the season. Obviously, it caused a bit of a glitch for our talent show and we would like to thank you for your patience and support of the new date- it was a big success! We would also like to thank Erin Tavernier and the talent show planning team for their hard work and dedication to making this event the success which it was. Over 150 students participated in 47 acts including performers and stage crew-an experience they will never forget and a great way to kick off 2019.

Other PTA Notables:

  • Low Membership and Friends of Wolftrap (FOW) donations impact PTA funding: We are significantly behind in FOW donations and PTA membership this year. These two fundraising pathways are critical to our ability to support our school. If we continue to fall short we will not be able to sponsor as many events for our students, provide as much support to the teachers and fund other special projects like the laptops purchased for our upper grades or the piano for the music program.
    • For specifics on where PTA fundraising dollars are spent click here: will get the form posted….
    • To donate to FOW or join the PTA click here (Paypal accepted online, checks accepted directly to the PTA box in the office): 
    • For any questions please contact
  • FCCPTA General Membership Meeting: Jan 23 (Wednesday) 6:30pm, FCPS Gatehouse Administration Center. All PTA members are welcome! Park in the underground lot located at the back of the building and take the elevator to the First Floor Café. Agenda below.

    6:30 p.m.
    Superintendent Scott Brabrand provides Parent Update

    7:00 p.m. Brief business meeting

    7:30 p.m.
    Executive Functioning and Digital Media: A Framework for Understanding and Addressing the Challenges of Technology Use. Executive function, the “ability to get things done” (organize, plan accordingly, set goals, prioritize etc.) is still developing in children and adolescents. Digital media can make it harder for children to develop proper executive function. FCPS school psychologists Dr. Ellen Goldberger and Dr. Josh Kefer are joining us to discuss how adolescents often struggle to regulate their use of digital media. We will explore these challenges and learn how to support our adolescents to lead healthy digital lives.

After School Programs

Click here for the classroom assignments for the Winter/Spring After School Program Classes.

REMEMBER classes don't start until the week of January 28.

Chinese New Year 

"Year of the Pig" - Friday, February 1st, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Everyone is invited to the Wolftrap Elementary School cafeteria for an evening in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Come share in the rich culture, music, dance, Chinese painting, Chinese Calligraphy, paper-cut, and learning how to make your own Chinese dumplings!! Appetizers will be available for your tasting delight, click here for more information.

There is something for everyone.

Wolftrap Elementary Spirit Wear Spirit Day- Feb 1st

Come one come all- starting in February we will be having Wolftrap Elementary School Spirit Wear Spirit Days the first Friday of each month. February 1st will be our 1st Spirit Wear Spirit Day- be sure your kids are dressed in their WES outfits! And if you need spirit wear for your or your kids email or go visit our website to order here: Spirit Wear

Cultural Arts Performances

On Friday, February 1, 2019 the PTA’s Cultural Arts Committee will host two performances by Semilla Cultural. The volunteer group focuses on raising cultural awareness by teaching and performing the Puerto Rican musical genres of Bomba and Plena. In this way, the group works to educate communities about the historical events that shaped Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance. Semilla Cultural connects with the community by using the arts as a medium of unity and empowerment and has performed at venues like Wolftrap Theater. To learn more, see:
To join the Cultural Arts Committee or learn more about what we do, please contact: Silvana Niazi:

Walking Wednesday

Thanks to all the students (and parents) who continue to make Walking Wednesdays such a success, Walking Wednesdays will continue on a weekly basis for the remainder of the school year! Please extend your appreciation to Caffe Amouri who kindly supplies coffee to us each week.

Safety Note- No Parking on Talisman Drive

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.

SCREENAGERS Showing at Vienna Presbyterian Church-Now Jan 27th

Due to the snow this past weekend, the SCREENAGERS event at Vienna Presbyterian was postponed. It will now be on January 27th and is still open to the public. SCREENAGERS will be shown, followed by a panel discussion. Doors open at 5:30, with the movie starting at 6pm. Here is a brief description of the film:

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Watch D.O.G.S.

Watch D.O.G.S.

Thanks to everyone who attended our second orientation event on January 10th!
We have a few more dates available, including dates in January! Volunteer today!

Skate Night

February 23, 2019 at Skatequest in Reston
Mark your calendars for this fun event! Come on out and skate with fellow Wolftrap students and families! We have the ice rink exclusively for Wolftrap from 6-8pm. Tickets include skate pass, skate rentals, glow stick, pizza and drinks. Registration for this event will be open on the PTA website from Jan 28 through Feb 22 for $15 per person or you can pay at the door the night of the event for $20 (cash and checks). Come on out for a fun night! Questions? email

Faculty Volleyball Event - Volunteers Needed

The Faculty Volleyball Event Committee is looking for volunteers to help coordinate this fun school spirited event. The event will be Saturday, March 9, 2019. Volunteers will participate in two to three face to face meetings leading up to the event in March to plan music lineups, concessions, half-time shows, school pep rally, anthem singing and local troops for color/guard, and work with our own Wolftrap teacher volunteers to outfit them for the fun event. Please contact Christine Harney ( for more information and future meeting times over January - March. It will be fun!

Winter Box Tops Contest

The winter Box Tops Contest has begun! Place all Box Tops in a zip-lock bag and drop them off at the main office or in the box in the front lobby. Don't forget to label the bag with your child's name and teacher's name in order for the Box Tops to be counted in the contest. The homeroom class that sends in the most Box Tops will win either extra recess time or a pajama day. The top individual contributor also will win a prize. Box Tops are due February 15.  For a complete list of participating products, visit Please contact Amy Britton at with any questions.

Box Tops for Education

Edison Expo

Save the Date for your chance to "get your science on" at the Edison Expo on Wednesday, March 20! The Edison Expo offers all students K-6 and opportunity to showcase a project in Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture, or Math. Check out our Getting Started Guide here and start thinking about project ideas and partners (if desired). We are recruiting committee members to assist with the event planning and day-of logistics. To lend a hand, please email us at

Wolftrap 5K & Fun Run -- Sunday, April 28

Wolftrap 5K & Fun Run

Early bird registration is now OPEN!  

Online registration is now open for the 5K and Fun Run!  Register online here to ensure early bird rates through February 28th.  Early bird rates are 5K Adult -- $30, 5K Child -- $20, Fun Run -- $10.  Rates go up by $5 on March 1 when regular registration begins.  See flyer here.

Calling All Wolftrap Family-Owned Businesses

Sponsoring the Wolftrap 5K is a great way to show your support for the school while promoting your business to the Wolftrap community.  Sponsorship levels range from $250 up to $1,000 and are tax-deductible.  Please contact if you are interested or have any questions. 

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