Wolftrap Connection - February 3, 2020

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February 5 - AIM Jam Session, 8:45am

February 7 - Wolftrap Spirit Day

February 11 - Dining for Dollars at Silver Diner

February 14 - PTA Meeting, 8:45am

February 17 - No School, Holiday

February 19 - Edison Expo

February 29 - Skate Night

Message from the Principal


Dear Wolftrap Families,

OUTSTANDING TEACHER: Last month I announced that Ms. Kat Mehari, 2nd grade teacher, was selected as the Wolfrap Elementary Outstanding Teacher of the Year. I am very excited to announce that Ms. Mehari has now been named the Madison Pyramid Elementary Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Her nomination packet will next move on to the Region level. Please join me in congratulating Ms. Mehari on this recognition!

KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION: We will hold this annual event on Monday, April 13 at 1:00 PM. Registration for the Orientation is now open and the form can be found on our website: https://wolftrapes.fcps.edu/student-services/kindergarten-orientationtimelines

SCHOOL COUNSELOR APPRECIATION WEEK (February 3-7, 2020): Please join me in thanking Mrs. May and Mrs. Johnson for the outstanding service they provide Wolftrap students and their families!

EARLY DISMISSAL: As a reminder, the end of the school day is busy with transitions and teachers assigning homework, so classes will not be interrupted with early dismissals after 2:50 p.m. Additionally, your child will be called down to the office once you are physically present in the office. This is to ensure that students are not sitting in the office and losing additional instructional time. When you arrive, please know that it may take up to ten minutes for your child to gather their belongings and join you in the office. This is especially the case if your child is outside at recess or in specials. Please build in this additional time when you are planning for an early dismissal.

HELPFUL SITE FOR PARENTS: The mission of the FCPS Family and School Partnerships is to connect, strengthen, and support Fairfax County's families, schools, and community by providing programs, resources, and services that promote student success in school and in life. The Parent Resource Center Lending Library contains over 7,000 books, DVDs, and CDs on topics related to parenting and educating all children including those with learning challenges, mental health concerns, special needs, and disabilities. Please see this site to browse the library: https://www.fcps.edu/node/31312

INSTITUTE FOR THE ARTS: Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Elementary Institute for the Arts starting February 3rd! Students explore Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre through this weekly program that runs from July 6-31st.  For more information visit the E-IFTA website at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-elementary-institute-arts-e-ifta



Teresa Khuluki

Wolftrap PTA


We're so looking forward to the science experiments at Edison Expo this month! Also, don't miss two other favorite community events for February: Dining for Dollars at Silver Diner and Skate Night held at the Reston SkateQuest. Details on all below.

Believe it or not, it's not too early to think about volunteering for next year! Becoming a volunteer not only makes a measurable impact, it is one of the best ways to know what's happening from your child's perspective. Elementary school is unique in that there are so many ways to get involved-- don't hesitate! If you are a new parent or new to volunteering, start first with our list of volunteer needs. Then feel free to ask questions to volunteer@wolftrapptra.org or at a PTA meeting. February and March especially we'll talk in detail about opportunities. 

Join us February 14, 8:45 am in the Teachers' Lounge for our next PTA meeting. We'll touch on the results of our Parent Survey and hear an update from Mrs. Khuluki, among other topics. If you've never been to one, we hope you'll join!

Jessica Jue, President  (president@wolftrappta.org)

Christine Harney, President-Elect (president-elect@wolftrappta.org)

Sarah Helou, Secretary (secretary@wolftrappta.org)

Katie Hunter, Treasurer (treasurer@wolftrappta.org)

Midyear Supply Refresh

Midyear Supply Refresh

Thanks to your PTA donations and Wolftrap parents Mary Finney and Corrine Fields for this great project, fulfilling basic teacher requests for tissues, wipes, glue sticks, pencils and markers. Over $1,000 in much-appreciated supplies delivered!

Indoor Recess Boxes


As you clean out your home of gently-used games, please consider donating to the PTA for teachers' “Rainy/Snowy Day Indoor Recess Boxes.” Donations are welcome for quiet play: all grade levels, in good condition and complete with all pieces. Put those board and card games (including decks of cards), Legos, puzzles, play dough, building and educational toys, and books to use! Please drop to the basket in the front office.

Volunteer Needs

Looking for some new ways to get involved at Wolftrap! We've got lots of ways for parents to get connected:

Library volunteering:

Our librarian, Ms. Stubbs still needs support in the library for winter and spring.  Please email Ashley Binkowski, ashleybinkowski@gmail.com, or Ms. Stubbs, srstubbs@fcps.edu, for your relevant class signup or stop by anytime to help return books to the shelves! 

Food Recycling/Donation

Every week, Wolftrap students collect unused, leftover food from school lunches. This food make a difference for local families in need, but not if they don't get delivered! Pickup/delivery times are on Friday between 2-5pm to Food for Others in Merrifield, and can be a one-time commitment: please sign up if you're able!

Hallway Art Display

Ms. Mallino is looking for 2-3 volunteers to come in once a month to rotate out hallway art. Done the third Friday of the month, anytime before 1 pm.  Signup here

Walking Wednesdays Assistance

Help keep us warm at Walking Wednesday and grab the coffee container from Caffe Amouri! Sign up for pickup here.

Dining for Dollars

Tuesday, Feb 11th - Dining for Dollars at the Silver Diner in Tysons, 5PM-8PM.  Come out to support Wolftrap while enjoying a great meal with your Wolftrap friends!  Silver Diner will donate a percentage of the amount you spend when you dine in.  Hope to see you there!  

Teacher Appreciation Lunch Feb 13

The 3rd & 4th Grade families are hosting February’s Teacher Appreciation Luncheon for all of Wolftrap’s teachers and staff on Thursday, February 13th. This month’s theme is THAT’S AMORE. It’s time to shower our staff with love…the Italian way!

We need volunteers to make this all happen. Please use the link here to help!

Edison Expo Feb 19

Register Now for The Edison Expo

Calling all Student Scientists! The Edison Expo is Wednesday, February 19, 2020! At the Edison Expo, Wolftrap’s STEAM Fair, all students K-6 can showcase a project in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, or Math. Register for the Edison Expo now (For all students K-6).

Back by popular demand – for 5th and 6th graders – the Second Annual Edison Expo Egg Drop! The objective: Design a system to protect an egg from cracking or breaking from a high fall. Register for the Egg Drop now (For 5th and 6th graders only)!

To lend a hand, sign up here. We are looking for a small number of volunteers to support student project collection, project reviews and egg drop support. Middle/High school student support welcome.

Questions? Email edisonexpo@wolftrappta.org.


5k Early Bird Registration Open!

Wolftrap 5k Medal

Early bird registration is now OPEN online for the 15th Annual Wolftrap 5K and Fun Run on Sunday, April 19, 2020! Register online here to ensure early bird rates through February 28th. 5K rates go up by $5 on February 29th when regular registration begins. Register by March 30th to receive your free race t-shirt before the race.   

NEW this year, all Wolftrap students who run the 5K will receive a medal! The Wolftrap 5K is a great opportunity for all students to try out their first 5K so sign up today to take advantage of early bird pricing!  

Questions? Contact funrun@wolftrappta.org.

Skate Night February 29

February 29, 2020 at Skatequest in Reston
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 Feb 3 through Feb 28 for $15 per person or you can pay at the door the night of the event for $20 (cash and checks). Log in on wolftrappta.org to register!

Come on out for a fun night! Questions? Email skatenight@wolftrappta.org

AIM- February JAM Session

AIM JAM Session

Join us for the Artists in the Making (AIM) JAM session on Wednesday, February 5th at 8:45 am in the cafeteria.  We'll review our next artist, Alexander Calder, as well as explain and present the exciting three dimensional project we have planned for the kids this month. We would love to see you there!!

AtoZ Guide to Spring Activities

Coming home in folders, you'll find the AtoZ Guide of area spring activities. As a reminder, this guide is provided from AtoZ and the Wolftrap PTA for receiving free paper directories and use of the AtoZ app.

Box Tops Contest

Box Tops Clip and Scan

The Box Tops program has gone digital! However, we are still collecting traditional Box Tops. The deadline for this year's contest is February 17. Please place all paper Box Tops in an envelope or zip-lock bag and "Feed the Wolf" in the main office. Don't forget to label the bag with your name and teacher's name in order for your Box Tops to be counted in the contest. The homeroom class that sends in the most Box Tops during the school year will win either extra recess time or a pajama day. The top individual contributor also will win a prize. Also, don't forget to download the new Box Tops app! Please contact Amy Britton at rebates@wolftrappta.org with any questions.

Community News

Did you know that our Wolftrap PTA homepage has many Community Events listed? We get info from local scouting programs, after school care companies, opportunities for parents of students with special needs and more! Check it out at www.wolftrappta.org

Great Falls/ McLean Eagles Rugby Spring Season 2020!

Be active! Be a leader! 

Registration is now open: www.rugbyVA.com

Free to try. No experience necessary.

Boys & Girls: Ages Pre-K to 12th grade.

Tag and tackle teams offered year-round.

Vienna Youth Soccer (VYS) spring registration for the House League is now open.   For more information, see the VYS House League flyer or visit the www.VYS.org