Wolftrap Connection - October 4, 2021

In This Issue:

Upcoming Events

Message from the Principal

A message from the PTA

Bingo Night

Family Science Night

After-School Activities

Walking Wednesday


Odyssey of the Mind

Original Works


Upcoming Events

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October 5: Odyssey of the Mind Parent Information Session

October 6: International Walk to School Day

October 7: After-School Registration Closes

October 8: PTA General Assembly Meeting (8:45 am)

October 11: Student Holiday and Registration to attend Virtual Family Science Night

October 12: Virtual Family Science Night

October 14: Last day to order food for Pizza Bingo Night

October 15: Outdoor Pizza Bingo Night

October 4 Calendar Image

Message from the Principal


Dear Wolftrap community,

Thank you so much, again, for your warm welcome, as I “officially” assumed the role of Principal on October 1st. Ms. Lisa O’Donovan also joined us on that day, as our Assistant Principal, and many of you were able to greet her in the Kiss and Ride line and at the busses. We are excited and eager to begin our work together supporting teachers and families at Wolftrap.

Also, many thanks to our PTA for their work on Wolftrap Under the Stars. It was a wonderful time to gather and celebrate our community. We had many staff greeting students and families, and I appreciate their dedication and time that evening. Many of your children signed a beautiful mat that framed a photo for my office, and it now hangs as a reminder of all our amazing students.

Information Regarding the Care Room

With cold and flu season upon us, your child may be sent home from the care room after presenting COVID-like symptoms. We all want them back in the classroom as soon as they are well. Starting Monday, October 4, the Return to School form is no longer needed, we will follow the following guidelines.

Students may return to school when their symptoms have improved and they have not had a fever without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours, AND have at least one of the following:


Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test:

  • PCR (test result from lab or physician)
  • Rapid (test result from lab or physician)
  • Home Test (picture of negative home test AND note from parent attesting the result is for the specific child and to the date the test was administered)



Physician’s Note

Note from a healthcare provider following a clinical evaluation stating the cause of symptoms is not COVID-19 and clearing the child to return to school.

Please note, if your child has been identified as a potential close contact or close contact to a positive case, your child will follow the guidance provided by the health department to be cleared to return to school.

If you have any questions about this new process, or how to navigate your child’s return to school, please call the Wolftrap office or clinic. Ms. Sharon Wolf can provide information as needed.

Responding to Recent Social Media Content

As we settle into the school year, we love seeing kids engaging with each other and having fun. However, we also must be aware of the influence social media has over our students, especially trends and challenges that may lead students to misbehave in ways that could have serious consequences. There have been recent Tik Tok challenges of this sort circulating through Social Media.

I ask you to talk with your child about their social media use and remind them that activities that cause damage to a person or property have serious consequences. You may want to review the Student Rights and Responsibilities with your child, so they understand the expectations for behavior at school.

I appreciate your continued support as we work together to make this year a great one for all students.  

Schoology Updates

It recently came to our attention that Schoology is not pushing out email updates to families when teachers update their classroom news feeds. We are working on a possible solution to this situation, but please note that teachers are updating student Schoology accounts with information weekly. Having your student log into the account will allow you to see the information posted. Please reach out your child’s teacher if you have more questions.

Pausing Instruction

I wanted to provide some clarification on the process for pausing instruction. A pause to in-person instruction is a short-term safety measure used by FCPS and the health department to allow time to investigate and determine the safest way to address a positive case within the school community. The health department clears students to come back to school, not the Wolftrap office. A student’s instruction might be paused due to close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual. A close contact is any person, regardless of vaccination status, who is within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) K-12 Exception indicates that students will not be identified as close contacts if they are at least 3 feet apart and are consistently wearing masks in the classroom setting. Adults are not included in this exception.

When we find out that we have a positive case, we identify any close contacts on that day. Information regarding positive cases schoolwide will be sent on Friday of each week. This information was originally sent to families via the FCPS e-news on September 3rd. See the September 8th FCPS newsletter that contained the information about the weekly updates, provided to the community. https://www.fcps.edu/blog/fcps-week-e-newsletter-september-8-2021.

Please remember that teachers will receive the pause information on the same day as our families, and it takes them time to assemble assignments and information for you. As always, please call our office, if we can provide any more information.

Thank you for your continued support!



Dr. Maggie Grove


AAP LEVEL IV INFORMATION SESSION - Parents of students in grades 2-6

On Thursday, October 14th at 9:00am, Dr. Grove and Mrs. Newman will be holding a virtual Level IV Advanced Academics information session. Please fill out this form if you plan on attending. Please note that this session is specific to parents of children in grades 2-6 who would like more information about the screening process as well as the parent's role in referring their child. The form will stop collecting responses at 3:45 pm on Tuesday October 12. A link to the Zoom session will be sent to registered participants on this form. Please direct any questions to Samira Newman at srnewman@fcps.edu

Wofltrap PTA

The PTA would like to extend a huge "Congratulations!" to Dr. Grove and Ms. O'Donovan as they embark in their new roles as Wolftrap's Principal and Assistant Principal. We are excited to see what they accomplish together as a team for Wolftrap and our students, and the PTA looks forward to partnering with them to help make their vision for our school a reality.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make Wolftrap Under the Stars such a wonderful event for our school community. It was great fun to see all the children playing, dancing, and laughing together. A special shout-out to Chrissy Farquharson and Ryan Lombard for going the extra mile in their volunteering to help make it a special night. 

October is a huge month for PTA events and activities. Make sure you read through all the updates below to see all the amazing programs/events returning this month so you don't miss out! Make note that you can only receive the link for our Virtual Family Science Night if you pre-register for the event. Also, be sure to pre-order your food for Bingo Night - this is a big change this year as food is available for pre-order only and not for purchase at the event. See all the details in the Connection below for upcoming deadlines, links, and events.

Our next Virtual PTA meeting is Oct. 8th at 8:45am. Join us for updates from our committees and from Dr. Grove. It's a great way to stay up-to-date at the school and to start meeting other families and get involved. We look forward to seeing you there.

Have 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)

Virtual PTA Meeting - October 8th at 8:45am

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The next PTA General Assembly Meeting will take place on Friday, October 8th at 8:45am.

Use this link to join or join by phone: (US) +1 508-535-5842‬ PIN: ‪247 798 956‬#.

PTA meetings are a great way to get involved, learn what is happening at the school, meet other parents, and hear from the school administration. We hope to see you there.

Wolftrap PTA App: It's getting easier to join the PTA

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NEW THIS YEAR is our Wolftrap PTA App. This app provides multiple benefits:

  1. Wolftrap PTA website at your fingertips! 
  2. Quick links to the School Menu, FCPS Calendar, and Call the Front Office
  3. Quick links for upcoming events or form purchases. Available right now is a link to pre-order your bingo night food!
  4. Mobile Digital Directory Access (coming in Nov). FOR PTA MEMBERS ONLY! Not a member yet, do not worry. There is a quick link to Join the PTA as well. Join for only $25!
  5. Push notifications in the App for upcoming PTA activities.

The Mobile App is a great addition to our PTA suite of tools augmenting our existing website. Download today on Apple Store or Google Play Store. Login using your Wolftrap PTA website login.

New to our Website? Check out our PTA Website and create an account today! 

Pizza Bingo - October 15

Pizza Bingo


Pizza Bingo is Friday, October 15!  Join us on the back field for pizza, bingo, bundt cakes, and raffle & bingo prizes!  All kids will leave with a prize!

DOORS OPEN at 4:30 pm, Bingo games start at 5:00 pm.

BRING your blankets/lawn chairs, something to write against, and cash for our raffle.  

PRE-ORDER your Domino's Pizza and Nothing Bundt Cakes on this form

Order deadline is October 14!


VOLUNTEERS needed to help with Pizza Bingo Night. Sign up using this SignUp Genius.

ENTRANCE FEE  this year is a suggested donation of $5 per family (cash and checks only).

DONATE - Looking to donate all those kid trinkets/party favors taking up space at your house? Please drop them off in the bin marked Pizza Bingo outside the front door of Wolftrap so the PTA can use them as bingo prizes. 

Masks are required at check-in, while receiving Bingo cards, and while at the food and raffle tables. Masks may be removed once you are settled at your picnic area on the field and are distanced from those around you. If you leave your picnic area, please wear your mask.

Supervision - If you plan to drop your older child off at this event, coordinate with other parents to ensure there is an adult present on school grounds who will be responsible for your child and monitor behavior during the event.


Pre-Registration Required for Virtual Family Science Night!

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 attendFill 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. Contact president@wolftrappta.org with any questions.

After-School Programs Return to Wolftrap!


Registration is open for Fall After-School Programs at Wolftrap. The deadline to register is Thursday, October 7th at midnight. Click here for more class and registration details.

Classes will be held from October 18th - December 17th at Wolftrap from 3:25-4:25pm after school. 

Walking Wednesdays

October 6th is National Walking Wednesday and to celebrate Wolftrap Elementary will be bringing back this fun and important event!

Walking Wednesday is a national program designed to encourage young people to get out, stretch their legs and get their hearts pumping!

On October 6th please encourage your child to walk or bike to school if possible.  Wolftrap students will again be competing for the "Golden Sneaker" award.  As students arrive at school they will be asked to sign their name on a grade level poster.  The grade with the most walkers each month will win the award and a chance to appear on WTRP!

Also if you are interested in volunteering on Wednesday please contact Liz Finnerty at elizabethflane@gmail.com.

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.

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.

Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind

Have you heard of Odyssey of the Mind, but don't really know what it is? A parent information meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7:00 p.m. via Google Meet. Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving program involving students from kindergarten through college. Children work as part of a team to practice creative thinking and risk-taking.  Check out our website for more details here.  

Questions? Contact odysseyofthemind@wolftrappta.org

Google Meet link (we plan to record this meeting): 

To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/kwo-rqnn-kvq Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 413-779-5279 and enter this PIN: 200 312 149#

Original Works

Original works announcement

The Original Works program will run again this year. Our children have been creating the art work with Ms. Mallino. We will have an online gallery where parents can order keepsakes for holiday gifts, with no shipping fees.

We will offer mugs, sketchbooks, magnets, keychains and a lot more! We will be sending this letter home this week with more information. 

Sponsor Ad in our School Directory

Interested in sponsoring this year's school directory by placing an ad for your business? There are options available in the print edition and the new PTA mobile app. Your business will have exposure for at least a year.

You can refer to THIS LINK for pricing and available spaces. Please reach out to Stephanie Kempter from AtoZ if you want additional information. P: 240-328-9623 or E: stephanie@atozconnect.com

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.


Dance with the Madison Dance Team

Learn jazz, pom and hip hop technique! WARHAWKS Workshop taught by the award winning JMHS varsity dancers with performance at halftime of a varsity football game!

Dance Workshop at Velocity Dance, 319 Mill Street, NE
Saturday, October 23 9am-12pm
(Registration opens at 8:30am)

October 29 6-8pm, JMHS Football Field
(Game begins at 7pm)

Open to all levels, grades 3-8
Cost: $50 non-refundable, includes T-shirt

Register online.


Boy Scouts

Troop 1539 Invites 5th and 6th Graders

Vienna Troop 1539 invites 5th and 6th graders to engage in leadership, friendship, community, and service at the Tuesday, October 5, 2021 open house from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m at the Vienna Community Center. Please visit https://bit.ly/3CkdsW9 to learn more about Troop 1539.