Wolftrap Connection - February 18, 2020

Upcoming Events

Wolftrap Calendar

February 19 - Edison Expo

February 29 - Skate Night

March 03 - Student Holiday

March 04 - AIM Monthly Jam

March 05 - PTA Meeting

Message from the Principal


Dear Wolftrap Families,

We recently celebrated our 100th day of school, Valentine's Day, and Presidents’ Day. I hope that your children shared some of the fun activities in which they participated.

PORTRAIT OF A GRADUATE SKILLS: As a part of our School Innovation and Improvement Plan, Wolftrap students continue to practice Portrait of a Graduate attributes and skills across our classrooms. Your children are learning how to identify themselves as a communicator, collaborator, critical and creative thinker, goal-directed and resilient individual, or ethical and global citizen. FCPS has created resources for families, and I highly recommend that you review these skills and how you can support them at home. Please click here to learn more!

STUDENT INTENT FORMS: Each Wolftrap student received a “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” form. For planning purposes for the 2020-21 school year, this form needs to be filled out for every student and returned no later than February 28. It is imperative that we know your child’s intention so that our projection numbers are accurately portrayed to the county and we receive appropriate staffing. If your enrollment plans change subsequent to submitting the form, please contact the main office.

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

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS: In case you are not aware, the Wolftrap website contains a page dedicated to student resources to support learning at home. This includes all of the Wolftrap subscriptions such as Lexia, DreamBox math, MyOn, Wixie and coding sites. Additionally, there are websites for typing and internet safety: https://wolftrapes.fcps.edu/student-links

We look forward to seeing the many student projects that will be on display at the Edison Expo this Wednesday evening!


Teresa Khuluki

Wolftrap PTA


Clearly we are missing the cold, lots of families are already signed up for Wolftrap’s Skate Night at the Reston SkateQuest. Hope to see you there and at Edison Expo tomorrow night!

Within Fairfax County and our pyramids, there are few items of note. The first is an AAP survey to collect parent input for the school board, more details below.  Advocacy Night, March 31 7-9pm, dinner at 6:30, learn about the school budget and hear and share ideas and concerns. Officials from the Board of Supervisors and the School Board will be there. Last, speakers within our pyramid are presenting on everything from mental health to vaping. Check them out below!

As we continue through a great year, we are grateful to the volunteers that make terrific things happen at Wolftrap. If you are new to the school or new to volunteering, we want to include you! There are many ways to get involved that fit your time and schedule, check out 2020-2021 volunteer opportunities.

Last to encourage evening attendance, we are trying a new time and offering pizza. We know that evenings are hard with work and activities, solving for dinner may help. Please join us for an evening PTA meeting Thursday, March 5 at 6pm in the cafeteria. We’ll hear updates from the administration, the PTA and committees on all the Wolftrap happenings. Look forward to seeing you there!

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)

Join us for the Edison Expo - Wednesday February 19

edison expo

It’s time to get your science groove on! The Edison Expo, Wolftrap's STEAM fair and the second annual Edison Expo Egg Drop, is this Wednesday, February 19, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the Wolftrap cafeteria! Forgot to register? It's not too late! Email the Expo team at edisonexpo@wolftrappta.org.

Don’t have a display or not presenting? All students and families are invited to come enjoy student-created STEAM displays and cheer on our egg droppers! See you there!

Skate Night February 29

Buy your tickets NOW on Wolftrappta.org

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

Reflections moves to State

The results of the District Level of the Reflections competition are in! 

Congratulations go to Jacob Woolcock for placing 1st in Music Competition!  

His composition, Morning Breeze, will go on to the VAPTA State level for Judging.  We are very happy for Jacob!

The following placed in the District in the following categories, and will receive Outstanding Interpretation Awards from the County/District:

Literature - 2nd Place - Naomi Rosner, 2nd Grade, Inside of You 

Photography - 3rd Place - Gemma Viscomi, 1st Grade, Looking into Fairy World
Photography - 3rd Place - Emily Bogle, 5th Grade, Seen Wrong

Congratulations to our winners and to all those who participated in this year’s Reflections contest!

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.

AAP Survey

FCPS is surveying parents to craft recommendations for AAP program improvements in grades 3-8, with a focus on Level IV services. Your input is vital! Please complete once per family by February 28th. Survey responses are anonymous.

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.

Early bird registration closing soon!


Hurry and take advantage of Early Bird Registration! Early Registration closes 2/28 -- after that prices go up $5 per 5K registration - so act now to save! Register online

NEW!! Battle of the Blocks: To help our runners navigate the route on race day, we are launching the "Battle of the Blocks" -- all Wolftrap families with houses along the route are encouraged to place creative decorations on their lawn. Go here to check out the brand new 5K USTAF certified course! More info to come closer to the big day!

Silent Auction: Bid on items for your home, classes & camps for your children, restaurant and food gift cards, and fun outings and adventures all while raising money for our school! Featured Items this year include: Disney Park Hopper passes, club level tickets to the Washington Nationals, the chance for your child to Ride to School in a Police Car, tickets to a taping of the Kelly Clarkson Show, an ultimate Date Night, and an overnight stay at The Red Fox Inn & Tavern. If you have a business that would like to donate to our Silent Auction, please contact wolftrap5k@gmail.com

Wolftrap Year book (2019-2020)


The 2019/2020 Wolftrap Yearbook is now for sale.  Click here to order your yearbook.  The price is $20 per copy and the deadline for ordering is March 20. 

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


Speakers in our Pyramids
February 19, 7-9 pm. Drugs & Vaping. Madison HS, Warhawk Hall.
March 4, 7-9 pm. Helping Teens Handle Stress, Madison HS.
March 18, 6:15-8:15pm. Bridging Technology from Home to School. Kilmer MS.
March 30, 7-8:30pm. Understanding Mental Health Concerns in Teens, Madison HS Auditorium.