Wolftrap Connection - September 7, 2021

In This Issue:

Upcoming Events

Updates from the Wolftrap Administration

Join the Pack! A message from the PTA

The PTA One-Stop Shop

Picture Day

Wolftrap 2021-2022 Spirit Wear

Wolftrap Under the Stars

PTA Reflections Contest

PTA General Assembly Meeting - First this year!

Community News

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

September 6: Holiday

September 10: Picture Day

Madison HS Fair and Football Game

September 15: Spirit Wear Deadline

September 17: Virtual General Assembly PTA Meeting 8:45 AM

September 24: Wolftrap Under the Stars

September 27: Dining for Dollars (Chick-Fil-A)

AAP Virtual Information Session, 5:30pm

September First Two Weeks Calendar

Message from the Principal


Dear Wolftrap Families,

Great community events have been planned to continue our traditions and foster our school and family connections. Please mark/save these dates for the following events:


Wolftrap Under the Stars, September 24 

Student Holiday, October 11

Family Science Night, October 12 (in doors)

Outdoor Pizza Bingo, October 15

End of First Quarter, Two Hour Early Release for Students, October 29

For additional planning purposes, all 2021-2022 school year calendars can be accessed on our Fairfax County Public Schools website https://www.fcps.edu/events

Be informed with our most safety recent updates. As we continue to monitor our most updated health data, you are encouraged to visit the FCPS website for the most recent updates regarding safety measures and guidelines:


Be well and safe.

Ms. Williams, interim principal


Screening Reminder

Please remember to check the daily health screening questionnaire EVERY day before sending your student to school. If students are found to have symptoms for the Care Room, we are required to send them home and they must have the Return to School form filled out before they can come back into the building. You can avoid this process by checking students carefully, using the screening form, before school. Please review the information provided by FCPS below. Our clinic staff is working very hard to keep students safe, but it is a team effort. I’m also including a recent link from the health department with an updated FAQ page. Thank you!

Student Screening for Illness Prior to Leaving Home

One of the most important prevention strategies guidelines is screening students daily for any signs of illness prior to leaving home for school. Any student who is ill or presents with COVID-like symptoms is to remain at home. The daily health screening questionnaire and all translated version can be found on our Health and Safety Guidance document at https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/health-and-safety-guidance-document. This document provides the details of the policies and protocols related to COVID-19, and it is continually updated to align with public health guidance as it evolves during the school year. Daily completion of the health screening is done on an honor basis and does not need to be sent to the school.

COVID-19 may cause different symptoms in different students. Listed below are possible symptoms for COVID-like illness as according to the VDH:

  • Feeling feverish and/or having chills (if thermometer reads a temperature/fever of 100.4F or greater)
  • A new cough, not due to another health condition
  • Fatigue (more tired than usual) 
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose 
  • Headache 
  • A new sore throat, not due to another health condition 
  • New chills, not due to another health condition 
  • New muscle pain, not due to another health condition or caused by a specific activity such as physical exercise 
  • New loss of taste, smell, or poor appetite or poor feeding 
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting 

Returning to School After Illness

Students who are sent home from school will be required to present one of the following forms of documentation when returning to school:

  • A negative COVID test
  • A completed Return to School Form provided by the school 
  • A clearance letter provided by the Fairfax County Health Department stating that a student has completed quarantine or isolation following exposure to COVID-19 or having had COVID-19

Thank you for partnering with FCPS to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 in our schools. For more information, visit https://www.fcps.edu/blog/stop-spread

Upcoming Student Testing

Students will have opportunities to participate in upcoming assessments to provide data for instruction and for other areas, as well. Please look for a letter coming home this week about the SEL (social emotion screener) assessment. Please see the link here to read about the universal screener that has been administered to students for several years now. You may read about the NEW Virginia Growth Assessment here. If you have any questions about upcoming testing, please contact Dr. Grove.

AAP Virtual Information Session

On Tuesday, September 27th at 5:30 pm, Mrs. Newman and Dr. Grove will be holding a virtual Advanced Academics information session, specifically explaining the four levels of services provided at Wolftrap Elementary and Fairfax County Public Schools. This meeting is applicable to parents of any child in grades K-6. Please fill out this form if you would like to attend the session by September 24th. Mrs. Newman will be sending a Zoom invite link only to registered participants.

James Madison High School Athletics Pyramid School Night

Please see the flyer below for a fun event to be held at Madison High School this Friday, September 10th! The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association. Hope to see you there!

Madison flyer

Wofltrap PTA

Join the Pack!

Wolftrap families, we need your help! We are currently at 29% of families who have joined this year's PTA, which is a large stretch away from our typical membership. Please join this week! If it's been on your to-do list, now is definitely the time. Our teacher membership for this year is over 85%. Let's show them our support and desire to partner with them to do great things at our school! Every donation makes a difference in what we can do this year for our school and students.

1st PTA Meeting

The first PTA General Assembly Meeting is coming up on Friday, September 17th at 8:45am. It will be held virtually over Google Meets. The meeting is open to everyone and is a great way to learn more about the PTA and volunteer opportunities around the school. Make sure you become a PTA member before the meeting so you can vote on issues presented to our general assembly.

PTA Back-to-School Night Message

If you missed the PTA's recorded Back-to-School Night message, you can still view it! The message contains great information about what the PTA is, how to find us, how to get involved, and upcoming events.

Amazon Smile

Don't forget to link your Amazon account to Amazon Smile and choose Wolftrap Elementary as the beneficiary. Amazon will make a 0.5% donation to our school for any of your purchases. Visit the PTA website for details and instructions to link your account or app.

Hope everyone has a great week!

2021-2022 PTA Board:
Corrine Fields, President (president@wolftrappta.org)
Debbie Rhoda-Choate, President-Elect (presidentelect@wolftrappta.org)
Ashley Uhl, Secretary (secretary@wolftrappta.org)
Laura Roper, Treasurer (treasurer@wolftrappta.org)

One-Stop Shop

One-Stop Shop

Visit the PTA One-Stop-Shop Form to conveniently find all your beginning-of-the-year forms. While there, you can choose to:

  • Become a PTA Member
  • Donate to Friends of Wolftrap
  • Contribute to Teacher Holiday and
         End-of-Year Gifts
  • Donate to Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Purchase your 2021-2022 Spirit Wear

School Picture Day is September 10

Picture Day

School Picture Day is September 10th, which is just around the corner. Order forms were sent home with students, but you can save time and pre-order online here

Pictures will be available in the week or so following the shoot.

Class pictures will not be taken -- only individual pictures. The possibility of class pictures will be reconsidered in the spring.

Wolftrap 2021-2022 Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear is for sale from now until September 15th.

Visit the PTA Spirit Wear webpage for apparel, color, and pricing options. All orders will be distributed once they are received, which is anticipated at the end of September/early October.

Wolftrap Elementary Spirit Wear

Wolftrap Under the Stars

Wolftrap Under the Stars

Mark your calendars for September 24 from 5:00-7:00pm for our annual back-to-school kickoff event - Wolftrap Under the Stars!

Join us for a free event for the whole family in the back field of Wolftrap. We will have a DJ, games and activities for the kids, and food for sale. Stay tuned for final details and masking guidelines for this event in our next Connection on Sept. 20th. We look forward to this fun celebration with the Wolftrap community!

PTA Reflections Contest

PTA Reflections

Do you have a child who enjoys art, music, dance, writing, producing films or taking photos?

Unleash their inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme is “I Will Change The World By…” Children are invited to provide their own unique interpretation of the theme in any of the six categories listed above. They can submit one entry in any single category or participate in multiple (or even all six) categories. Click here for more information and detailed contest rules. Entries are due by October 20th.

Contact wendy.l.rosner@gmail.com with any questions or for more information.

PTA General Assembly Meeting

PTA General Assembly Meeting

Join the first PTA meeting of the year! Open to all members of the Wolftrap community. We have several items to vote on, and only members can vote, so please join here if you haven't had a chance yet. 

The meeting agenda and budget will be posted here 48 hours prior to the meeting. Please also review the minutes from the last meeting in May 2021.  

We look forward to seeing you virtually on Friday, September 17 at 8:45 am! 

Meeting ID:

Phone Numbers:
(‪US‬)‪+1 617-675-4444‬

PIN: ‪655 746 147 2252#‬

Community Updates


Fairfax County Special Education PTA (SEPTA) Support Resources & Upcoming Events

SEPTA continues to provide great resources, events, and general links to support the FCPS community. All these opportunities are FREE unless noted. In most cases you must register if registration information is provided. Check out our PTA website here for links or go directly to the SEPTA webpage here.


New Kindergarten Daisy Troop

Do you have a daughter in kindergarten who would like to make new friends while gaining courage, confidence and character? Girl Scouts might be a great opportunity for her! Please join us for a virtual parent information session on September 14th at 8:00PM to learn more about joining our new Daisy Troop.

Email wendy.l.rosner@gmail.com and Katie Wirt at bakerkatie24@yahoo.com for more information and to receive a link to the meeting.