🐾 9/24 Paw Print 🐾

In This Week's Paw Print

1. Principal Message 🐾

2.  SCA Spirit Day 🐾

3. PTA information ❗

4. Yearbook Cover Contest 📘

5. Pumpkin Contest 🎃

6. Digital Tools - parent permission needed 🖥️

7. Rate Conference Information 🖲️

8. Panther Prowl Information 👟

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

Thank for attending our Virtual Back to School Night this week! Tonight is Chantilly High School's Homecoming Parade and Game. The parade starts at the Greenbriar Shopping Center and ends at Greenbriar West ES. The parade starts at 3:30 and make sure you bring a bag to collect candy. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sue Andujar, Principal

Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal


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SCA Spirit Day

The first SCA spirit day is next Friday, October 1, and it is Poplar Tree Day! We hope to see lots of students in our school colors (black and red) or Poplar Tree gear.


PTA Information

Poplar Tree PTA Member Giveaway 

Join the PTA for the 21-22 school year! If you join/renew membership by Friday, 9/24 you’ll  be entered into a drawing for a Panther Prowl registration! Please remember that only PTA members will have access to the A to Z PT directory after Oct 15th.


The PTA is run completely by volunteers, so we are looking for new people to join us. We have many opportunities for you to be engaged in our school community. View opportunities at: https://poplartree.ptboard.com/sgnvw

Outdoor Movie Night

Join us for our first Outdoor Movie Night! Raya and the Last Dragon is coming to Poplar Tree! Grab your blanket or chair and enjoy a free showing and popcorn!

Reserve your spot by September 28th! Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

Make it an easy dinner night and pre-order pizza and drinks. Pick-up starts at 6:45PM. 

We are in need of several volunteers to help at the event.  Please consider signing up. This is a great opportunity for teens needing service hours!

PTA movie night

Poplar Tree PTA Before & After-School Clubs 

Chess Club 2-6 Grades 

The Poplar Tree PTA is partnering with the non-profit U.S. Chess Center (https://chessctr.org) for our after-school Chess Club taught by nationally certified chess coaches this Fall starting Oct 1.  Registration is now open via the link:  https://chessctr.org/poplartree  

When: Fridays, 3:30-5:00 pm, Oct. 1 – Jan. 28

Where: Poplar Tree Elementary School Cafeteria

Who: Students in Grades 2 - 6 regardless of level or experience.  Cost: $130 (includes club t-shirt) – 13 sessions, no session on school holidays/early release days

Questions? Email our parent coordinators Archana Arun (archana.arun06@gmail.com) or Shawna Li (shawnali@gmail.com)

Science Olympiad - 3-5th Grades 

“Science Olympiad or “SO” is an international non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and  This year’s Science Olympiad events are going to conduct in a hybrid method and the rules are slightly changed to accommodate the online and in-person tournaments.

Competition Dates - October 28th – 30th Please use the link to register:  Division A SO Link

For more information please contactpoplartreeso@gmail.com

Math Club - 3-6th Grades

Math Club members will participate in at-home practice tests and worksheets and will come to the school for contests like Math Olympiad, Noetic, Math Kangaroo and Math Counts etc. Due to the pandemic-related constraints, this year we will NOT offer synchronous coaching to students. 

Duration: November 2021 to May 2022. (The first contest will be in November) 

Meeting Day for Contests: Tuesdays, Between 6-8 PM

Meeting Place for Contests: PTES Cafeteria

Information Session for Parents: 12th October, 7:00 PM 

(WebEx Meeting: 26324754888                        Password: 31415)

Registration Due Date: 19th October 2021

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/LpTxFyvDMZmdbfBMA

(Registration link will also be available at poplartree.ptboard.com)

Registration Fees: $75 per student (Due by 19th Oct 2021; Link available in the registration form) 

Email: ptesmathclub@gmail.com

Running Club K-6th Grades 

It’s time to get your running and walking shoes on!  We are continuing the before-school Running/Walking Club for all student grades 1-6. If a Kindergartener wants to join, please have a parent come and run or walk too.  Best of all, it’s FREE! We will need at least 3 parents present each Thursday to ensure the safety of all of the children.  Bring your mug of coffee and socialize as you help cross off a Panther Paw for each lap run! Registration is now open. 

When: Thursdays from 7:45 to 8:20 AM starting September 30th through December 2nd.

Where: Poplar Tree Elementary School Field 

More details: https://poplartree.ptboard.com/che/att/a33409c4-8bda-4ab8-af37-e4afb4720347/Running%20club%20flyer.pdf

Please contact Linda Fielding at lindamfielding@gmail.com and Janine Tougas at jrtougas1128@gmail.com, if you can help. Together we all make a difference!

Spanish Club 

We need two parent volunteers to co-lead our Spanish Club this year, in coordination with the Chantilly High School Spanish Honor Society. The club is taught by the students but a parent needs to be present at each meeting (and it is not required that you speak Spanish). The club plans to meet after school on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Please reach out to poplartreepta@gmail.com if you are interested!


yearbook cover contest


Calling All Creatives!

The Poplar Tree yearbook is looking for amazing student-created art to feature on its cover. In addition to the cover, there will be other spaces for artwork placement too. Entries must be school-centered and have Poplar Tree Elementary 2021-2022 featured prominently as well as this year’s slogan “We All Belong Here.” See flyer for more details.

Artwork must be submitted to Mrs. Riddile in the library by Friday, October 1.

🎃Pumpkin Contest🎃

Pumpkin Contest


The Poplar Tree Library is hosting a Book Character Pumpkin Contest. Decorate a foam or paper mache craft pumpkin. You can use paint, glue, paper, recycled materials or other art supplies to turn your pumpkin into your favorite book character!

Submissions are due by October 15 and will be displayed in the library through October 29.

Please no real pumpkins.

Questions? Email Mrs. Riddile at sjriddile@fcps.edu.

parental consent

At Poplar Tree, we use a variety of digital tools to support meaningful student learning. Some of these tools require parental consent before they can be used.

❤️92% of our school population has already provided consent - THANK YOU! We really want  consent from 100% of our Poplar Tree families! 💻

You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://poplartreees.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources. After reviewing these resources, please complete 🔗 this form 🔗 to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. Your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission, so the sooner we can get the permission the better!

Please reach out to our School Based Technology Specialist, Leslie Leisey (lfleisey@fcps.edu) or your child's teacher you have questions or concerns. THANK YOU!!!

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Panther Prowl