Wolftrap Connection - September 20, 2021

In This Issue:

Upcoming Events

Updates from the Wolftrap Administration

A message from the PTA

Wolftrap Under the Stars

Dining for Dollars: Chick-Fil-A

After School Programs

Room Parent Interest Meeting

PTA Reflections Contest

Lunchtime Volunteer Opportunities

Safety Reminder

PTA General Assembly Meeting - October

Community News

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

September 24: Wolftrap Under the Stars

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

September 27: AAP Information Session, 5:30pm

September 27: After-School Programs
(Registration is Open)

September 28: Room Parent Interest Meeting


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Message from the Principal


Dear Wolftrap Families,

We are so excited to be starting our fifth week of school! We were able to share the wonderful news about our new Assistant Principal (see below) on Friday. We will get started (officially!) as an administrative team on October 1st.

Ms. Sharamaine Williams will leave us on September 30th. Since coming to Wolftrap, she has collaborated with staff to provide a seamless transition during the return to school. Please join me in thanking her, if you are able to send an email or greet her in person at school.

Upcoming VGA (see below) and iReady testing will give us data for teachers to further tailor instruction for the success of each student. Grade level teams are meeting to plan units of study, and our counselors and mental health team are also working in consultation with grade levels to support student social and emotional learning.

Please join us on Friday, September 24th for Wolftrap Under the Stars. The PTA has planned a wonderful event, and please note that masks are strongly encouraged, as we will have a group gathering outside. We will require masks for activities where students are working closely together at tables or in close proximity at games. I will look forward to seeing you there!


Dr. Maggie Grove

New Assistant Principal

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Ms. Lisa O’Donovan, current Assistant Principal at Timber Lane Elementary School, has been selected as the new Assistant Principal of Wolftrap Elementary School. Ms. O’Donovan will transition to Wolftrap Elementary, effective October 1st.  We are very excited for this administrative partnership and a great beginning.

Ms. O’Donovan has over twenty years in education with professional experience in a variety of roles. Most recently, she has been the Assistant Principal at Timber Lane Elementary, where she has worked closely with the administrative team to plan for success of students. She has developed and led professional development for teachers in Responsive Classroom and Responsive Instruction, which has taught teachers how to develop foundations for positive classroom relationships. She has worked closely in her role with families to utilize a team approach to discipline in alignment with the Student Rights and Responsibilities document. She has supported instruction by writing grants to organize collaborative learning visits for teachers to further build a collaborative culture in the school. Ms. O’ Donovan has served as the site administrator for the Summer Services program and taught at Crossfield, Sleepy Hollow, Rose Hill and Sangster Elementary Schools.

Ms. O’Donovan received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Florida Atlantic University, Master of Science Degree in Reading K-12 from Nova Southeastern University and has received her Education Leadership Endorsement from the University of Virginia. We are thrilled that Ms. O’Donovan will bring her professional expertise to the Wolftrap community, and we look forward to working as an administrative team for the success of students and teachers.

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA)

Parents, please be aware that the following grade levels will be taking a Virginia Growth Assessment test over the next two weeks. Please make sure that you use the health screening tool before sending students to school, but particularly as we are thinking about students who will be testing. Additionally, please help students have a good breakfast and a good rest the night before. Students who miss testing will have an opportunity for make up the week of October 4th. If you have any questions about testing, please contact your child’s teacher.

Grade 3: Reading, Sept. 24th, Math, Oct. 1

Grade 4: Reading, Sept. 22nd, Math, Sept. 30

Grade 5: Reading, Sept. 23rd, Math, Sept. 29

Grade 6: Reading, Sept. 21st, Math, Sept 28

Opt Outs

Parents who do not wish to have their student listed in the school directory, participate in the school counseling program, etc., need to fill out an Opt-Out form. FCPS provides details on this topic in its Annual Notice on Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms 

Opt-Outs should be turned in to the school office no later than Friday, September 24.

Please contact the office if you have questions.

Family Life Education Preview

Parents are invited to attend a virtual preview of the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The preview will be held on Tuesday, October 5th at 5PM. If you would like to receive a link to the meeting, please fill out this google form. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time and can also be accessed in Schoology.

Your student will also be bringing home a letter this week with more details.

Wofltrap PTA

The weather forecast looks amazing for a fun Friday night at Wolftrap Under the Stars! We hope you will all join us for a fun back-to-school celebration. Masks are strongly recommended at this event, and we thank you in advance for helping us keep our kids safe, our schools open, and helping our PTA be able to continue hosting events such as these for our school community.

As you read through this week's Connection, we hope you see how many wonderful events, programs, and opportunities are planned for our students. It is such a joy to return so many programs to the school! This Connection offers so many opportunities to get involved - from an upcoming room parent interest meeting to outdoor lunch volunteers. We thank our parent community for volunteering with us to make all this happen.

We also wanted to take a moment to thank all the parents who joined the PTA and those who made donations to our Friends of Wolftrap program. Your support goes such a long way in what we can do for our school, students, and teachers, and we are grateful for your decision to join us in our efforts. It is never to late to join the PTA and help support our efforts this year.

We hope you all have a great week, and we will see you on Friday night!

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)

Wolftrap Under the Stars - This Friday, September 24!!

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Why did Wolfie cross the road?

To get to Wolftrap Under the Stars, of course!

Join us this Friday, September 24th, from 5-7pm in the back field of the school for our family-friendly and free back-to-school celebration! We will have games, a DJ, and food for sale. While you are there, don't miss the following:

  • Stop by the PTA welcome tent to sign a special present for our new principal, Dr. Grove
  • Mr. Painter's Penny Towers from 5:00-5:30pm
  • Beat Bechtle! from 5:15-5:45pm
  • Defying Gravity with Dr. Grove from 5:30-6:00pm
  • Mrs. Hardin's Hula Hoop Challenge from 6:00-6:30pm
  • Dance Party Glow Up! from 6:30-7:00pm

Masks are strongly recommended for everyone and are required at any area or game station where social distancing is not possible. Thank you in advance for helping us keep our children safe and our school open for learning by wearing a mask to our event.

Help us make this a safe and fun night for our students by signing up for a short, 30-minute volunteer slot. Please check out this SignUp Genius and pick a time or two to volunteer! We need parents (or older siblings in MS or HS) to help run games, be timers for races, and we even need a soccer goalie! Middle & high schoolers who sign up will get credit for their volunteer hours.

A huge "Thank You!" to Ghaffari Orthodontics for sponsoring this year's WTUS! Ghaffari Orthodontics is located in the heart of Vienna and specializes in the treatment of orthodontic care for both children and adults. Dr. Ghaffari offers a wide range of treatment options - from expanders to braces to Invisalign - and offers complimentary initial consultations. Learn more at the Ghaffari Orthodontics website.

Dining for Dollars - Monday, Sept 27


Reminder: Wolftrap Dining for Dollars is at Chick-Fil-A on Monday - September 27 all day from 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Please come support Wolftrap Elementary School by placing a Chick-Fil-A in person or mobile order with "Wolftrap" in the special instructions (drive-thru, curbside, or delivery) at the Vienna Chick-Fil-A only.

After-School Programs Return to Wolftrap!

After School Programs

After-School Programs are returning to Wolftrap this Fall. The final class schedule is being finalized and will be posted within the next week to the PTA website and Facebook Group.

Registration opens on September 27th at 8:00am and ends on October 5th at midnight. Classes will be held from October 18th - December 17th at Wolftrap from 3:25-4:25pm after school. Look for more announcements soon so you don't miss the opportunity to sign your child up for enrichment classes!

Room Parent Interest Meeting

Room Parents are Super Parents

Would you like to volunteer as a Room Parent for your child's class this year?

Join us for a Virtual Room Parent Interest Meeting on Tuesday, September 28th at 7:30pm. We will discuss parameters for Room Parents this year, finances, and ideas for fun activities for our students.

The meeting link is: meet.google.com/kdb-qabb-vev. Contact president@wolftrappta.org with any questions.

PTA Reflections Contest

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How to Submit Your Reflections Entries!

Many Wolftrap children have been hard at work on their Reflection entries for this year's theme, “I Will Change The World By…” Children are providing their own unique interpretation of the theme through works of visual art, literature, photography, dance choreography, film production and music composition. To submit this work, please click on the following link and complete the entry form: https://form.jotform.com/212535067093151

Students may submit one entry in any single category or participate in multiple (or even all six) categories. Please fill out a separate entry form for each category your child enters. 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.

Volunteer to Monitor Outdoor Lunch

Lunch Signup

Volunteers are needed to help monitor Outdoor Lunch for the 2nd/3rd and 4th/6th grade lunch periods. Please see the SignUp Genius for details and sign up for as many slots as you are able to help. Reach out to president@wolftrappta.org with any questions, and thanks in advance for your help!

Drop Off and Pick Up Safety Note

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Safety Reminder: 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.

Join Us at the October PTA Meeting

Join the PTA meeting for October

The October PTA meeting is right around the corner on October 8th at 8:45 am! Please save the date & time and plan to join us virtually here:

or join by phone by calling 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪572 439 123 2777‬#.

If you haven't joined yet, there's still time: join here!

The meeting agenda will be posted here 48 hours prior to the meeting. Please also review the minutes from the last meeting.

See you there!

Virtual Family Science Night is Coming to Wolftrap!

Family Science Night

Join us for a LIVE, virtual Family Science Night on Tuesday, October 12th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, brought to you by the Children’s Science Center. Join your teachers and school community as you explore the Children’s Science Center Lab together, interact with STEM educators and ignite children’s natural curiosity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Please note this event has been changed from an in-person to a virtual event.

This event is a private event for Wolftrap Elementary School. In order to receive the link for this event, you must pre-register to attend. Fill out this Google Form, and a link for the event will be sent to you on the evening of Monday, October 11th so your family can join us on October 12th. 

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.