Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

We are excited to be in the fourth week of school. Thank you for your partnership each day in ensuring your child is feeling healthy prior to sending them to school for the day. Here is a health screening tool you can review each morning. https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningQuestionnaire.pdf 

Please err on the side of keeping children home to limit the exposure to staff and students. Families being cautious are making a huge difference in keeping our school safe and healthy.

We are looking forward to our virtual Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 22. Your child’s classroom teacher will send home information on joining them via Zoom that evening. Videos from me (including one on safety), information from the PTA and messages from the School Board will be posted on our school website by September 20.

As we’ve started the school year, teachers have been giving a variety of assessments to determine student academic levels following virtual learning. Teachers will be using this information to guide large and small group instruction. Students who are demonstrating significant weaknesses in literacy or math will be identified for additional interventions. There is no need to request interventions, as these will be determined based on data collected.

We are continuing to work on creative ideas to prioritize student and staff safety. Students have been eating outdoors whenever possible. We will continue to be creative as weather conditions shift this fall and indoor eating is required. Please know we have safe eating plans for inside and outside eating.


Thank you for your continued partnership.


Sharyn Prindle




Face Mask Guidelines


We are making use of our outdoor spaces as much as possible for lunch and recess. We have noted that a large percentage of students remove their masks while outside. Masks are not required outside, but they are strongly encouraged. We ask you to consider talking with your child about keeping their masks on when outside and gathering in larger groups if they can comfortably do so.


Students Rights and Responsibilities


The FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. Parent/Guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in ParentVue in your child’s SIS account or sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document. If you have not done so already, please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 29, 2021.



Upcoming Student Council (SCA) Officer Election


Do you have a responsible, hardworking and confident 4th, 5th, or 6th grader who is looking to take on a leadership role in the WFES SCA? Officer elections are coming up soon!

Reporter = 4th grade student

Secretary = 5th grade student

Vice President = 5th or 6th grade student

President = 6th grade student

For more info and/or to apply please visit: https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/wfes-sca-2020-21/home

Application Forms due: Monday, September 20


Woodson Football Feeder Night this Friday, September 17


All students from the Woodson Pyramid are invited to the Woodson football game on September 17 to participate in Feeder Night activities.  Students from feeder schools will be recognized before the game at 6:40 pm as they run across the field!  Meet at the goalpost at 6:30 pm.  WFES students will be admitted free as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.



Counselor Check In


We would like to remind our families that we are here to support you and your students! If your child needs a check in with Nancy Garcia-Henderson or Chelsea Boateng, WFES counselors, please complete this form:


Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, September 15 - General Patrol Meeting at 2:50 pm

Friday, September 17 - Woodson Football Feeder Night (see above)

Wednesday, September 22 - WFES Back to School Night (Virtual)

Friday, September 24, 2:20 – 3:20 pm – Grades 5 and 6 Electives and Grades K-4 Innovation Hour begin



Community Organizations


These groups would normally set up information tables at Back to School Night.  In lieu of that, we are providing space for them in this News You Choose.


Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with programs from coast to coast and across the globe.   Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. New troops are starting up!  Learn more at our Girl Scout Troop Formation Night tonight, Tuesday, September 14th at 7pm in the WFES Cafeteria.  Questions?  email: allisonhagner@gmail.com


Cub Scout Pack 1864

Boys and girls may join at any grade from Kindergarten to 5th Grade, whether or not they have been Scouts in the past. Pack 1864 is officially sponsored by the Truro Community and is part of the Patriot District of the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.  Pack 1864 Cub Scouts have many opportunities to enjoy camping and the great outdoors. Our pack camps as a group every spring and the whole family is encouraged to participate. During the summer, day camp provides 5 days packed with fun-filled games, crafts, archery, and activities. For our older Scouts there is a full week of overnight camp complete with flag ceremonies, swimming, boating, nature, service projects, hiking, camp cooking, campfires, and much more.

First meeting : September 20, 7pm at Wakefield Chapel Pool. Please remember to wear a mask.

POC Elena Thompson  elena.jane@rocketmail.com


Turnpike Basketball helps elementary school kids gain athletic confidence, teamwork and sportsmanship.  Turnpike offers fair teams, all practices and House League games within a 4-mile radius of WFES, and support from trained coaches and Board members with long histories in our community.  Boys and girls of all skill levels can register today at https://www.turnpikebasketball.org/registerhere for our Fall/Winter 2021-22 Season.


Andrew Gause's Martial Arts classes channel children's energy in a positive manner and the confidence they build enhance children's assertiveness. At the same time, our program teaches lifetime self-defense skills. Most important of all, it’s fun. https://www.rvtkd.com/childrens-taekwondo-program.html

In our After School Program (AMP) your child will get a daily Taekwondo class, snack and quiet/homework time.