Wolftrap Connection - October 18, 2021

In This Issue:

Message from the Principal

A Message from the PTA

Volunteer Shout-Outs

PTA Meeting

Wolftrap PTA App

Book Fair Committee Meeting

Walking Wednesday

Teacher's Appreciation

Reflections Extended Deadline

Odyssey of the Mind Teams Forming

Dining for Dollars

5k Volunteer Social Event

Sponsor the Directory

Community Updates


Upcoming Events

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October 20 - Walking Wednesday; Teacher's          Appreciation Donation Due

October 21 - Book Fair Committee Meeting

October 25 - Directory Available to PTA Members

October 27 - Walking Wednesday; Dining for Dollars

October 28 - Make Up Picture Day

October 29 - Early Release

November 1-2: Student Holiday

November 3 - PTA Meeting (7:00 pm)

November 5 - Reflection Deadline, 5k Fun Run Volunteer Social Event

October 2021 Calendar - Last 2 Weeks

Message from the Principal

Dear Wolftrap Families,

Welcome to Fall! How wonderful to have that crisp feel in the air and to enjoy some lunch outside in the tent! We continue to work and play together as a community. Pizza Bingo was a success on Friday night, and we thank the volunteers and the teachers who came out to support that effort, particularly, Ms. Burdett who emceed the event.

            Teachers continue to implement tiered prevention strategies in their rooms. Please remember that asynchronous assignments and live streaming are reserved for students who are paused due to Covid restrictions. At this time, we cannot include other students who may be absent in a day, as that adds additional work to the teachers’ schedules. Thank you for your help with this effort.

Veteran’s Day: Many of you know that we usually celebrate our veterans with an assembly in early November. Due to Covid restrictions, we won’t be able to host our usual assembly inside, but we are planning to honor our veterans. Please be on the lookout for information coming soon on this important commemoration.

Substitute Teachers: Some members of our Wolftrap families have started substituting at Wolftrap. We like to build a list of available substitutes to work if a teacher must be out. It is true that subs really do save the day! FCPS is looking for kind and caring substitute teachers to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers need to be out of the building. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, and anyone who wants a flexible work schedule. Subs save the day- apply today! https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/substitute-teaching-opportunities

Impact Aid forms: FCPS is eligible to apply for federal Impact Aid grant funds. Impact Aid is a federal formula grant program designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students. Every year, we send out a survey to help identify any students with federal connections to ensure that FCPS can obtain its fair share of these funds. Please return the Impact Aid forms that were sent home as soon as possible. Please contact the office if you have any questions. Thank you!

Student Pictures: Student pictures previously purchased will be distributed this week. Families can still purchase prints online at  https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000874085. Use your student's ID number when prompted for the online code. The picture make-up day is October 28th. More information will be coming on this makeup day.

Digital Citizenship: Our new SBTS, Ms. Michelle Mussen, is organizing our digital citizenship week. Students will be completing daily activities that promote their digital well-being. Plus, they'll reflect on how they can use technology to be a positive influence in their community. Use these conversation starters to help your kids talk about their digital lives:

Student Rights & Responsibilities: Parents should review Student Rights and Responsibilities at www.fcps.edu/srr . 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. Please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to school by October 29, 2021.

Thank you for all that you do to support Wolftrap.


Dr. Maggie Grove



Wofltrap PTA

Last week brought a fully-packed week of events from the PTA. We started the week with an engaging and educational experience with Family Science Night hosted by the Children's Science Center. We then closed out the week with a gorgeous and exciting evening on the field for Outdoor Pizza Bingo Night. Thank you to all our volunteers, both parents and teachers, for the hard work they put into these events and programs for our school community! Check out our Volunteer Shoutout section in this Connection as we give thanks to those who give their time to our school.

As we transition to Fall, we have some wonderful events and programs on the horizon. Our committees can always use some extra hands, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, including upcoming interest meetings for the Book Fair and the 5k. Don't hesitate to get involved! It's a great way to meet other families while doing great things for our students and school. See all the details below or reach out to president@wolftrappta.org to get involved.

Our Membership Drive will continue this Fall as we hope to get more families supporting the work of the PTA. To date, we have 47% of our families showing their support by becoming members. Thank you to those families for their generosity! If you have not yet joined the PTA, we hope you will consider pledging your support. To date, the PTA has provided over $20,000 in educational resources to our students and has put on a number of social and educational events. Please consider purchasing a $25 PTA membership and help support our continued work in the school.

Mark your calendars for our first evening PTA meeting of the year on Nov. 3rd, and 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)

Volunteer Shout-outs

The PTA is so fortunate to have such amazing volunteers who help lead so many committees and programs at our school. This week we wanted to give special shoutouts to those we have not yet had a chance to celebrate: 

  • A huge "Thank You!" to Kerry Lombard for leading our Outdoor Pizza Bingo event! She reimagined the entire event for this year, and thanks to her hard work the event was not only incredibly fun but was a successful fundraiser for the PTA. 
  • An enormous amount of gratitude to Laura Morrow for leading the raffle portion of Bingo Night. Her novel ideas and seamless execution led to an exciting raffle event!
  • Kudos to Liz Finnerty for bringing Walking Wednesdays back to Wolftrap. Thanks for getting our students excited about walking and biking to school!
  • Thanks to Carla Espinosa for all her hard work on the Original Works program in COVID times. She has worked to ensure we will have options for all families to order merchandise through this program.
  • Thank you to Courtney McCreesh for helping lead the Odyssey of the Mind program for our students.

In addition to all our parent volunteers, our teachers and staff have stepped up in big ways to help make our last round of events successful. 

  • Thank you to Dr. Grove and Ms. O'Donovan for being our guest scientists at Family Science Night
  • Thanks to Mrs. Burdett, Ms. Kwon, Mrs. Robb, Ms. May, Dr. Grove, and Ms. Harlan for helping call numbers at Bingo Night
  • Thanks to Ms. Mallino for her hard work on the Original Works program
  • Thanks to Mrs. Burdett for helping lead the Odyssey of the Mind program

Thanks to all these volunteers for giving your time to make our PTA events/committees happen. Reach out to president@wolftrappta.org if you would like to volunteer for any of our events or programs.

PTA Meeting - Wednesday, Nov. 3rd


How do trees get on the internet? They log in, of course! And you can too - please don't LEAF the PTA alone, we want to hear from you at our next meeting on Wednesday, November 3 from 7-8 pm. 

Join us online here, or call ‪(US) +1 516-268-6826‬ PIN: ‪721 151 877‬#.

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! 

Online Directory Available Oct. 25 to PTA Members

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This is the last week to review your family's directory information via Wolftrap PTA website here before it goes live on October 25 and paper directory is produced. The paper directory will be distributed after production in November. 

Access to the directory is for PTA Members only. Join the PTA for only $25 on our website and you will automatically gain access to the directory on October 25th. The directory will be accessible online via the Web and Mobile App as well as a paper copy for at home lookup.

Mobile App: 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! Questions? Email webmaster@wolftrappta.org

Book Fair is Approaching!

Book Fair

If you are interested in joining the Committee and helping to plan this fun event, our first Committee meeting will be October 21st at 7 PM. Please email Bookfair@wolftrappta.org for meeting details or any questions.

We'll be looking for people to lead publicity, teacher wish lists, volunteer coordination, online book fair design, etc. Hope you can join us!

Walking Wednesdays!

Caffe Amouri

Wednesday October 6th was Wolftrap’s first Walking Wednesday. Turn out was great but  we hope to continue to do better!!

Walking Wednesday is every Wednesday during the school year. Encourage your child to walk or bike to school and come have a cup of coffee courtesy of Caffe Amouri!

Each week we will be keeping track of which grade has the most walkers/bikers. The grade with the most participation at the end of the month will win The Golden Sneaker Award and be recognized on WTRP!!

In an effort to be green…. Parents are encouraged to bring their own coffee cups!

Teacher's Appreciation

Our wonderful teachers and school staff have been working tirelessly to keep our school running and our children safe. To recognize their ongoing efforts, the teacher appreciation committee is organizing a monthly event for all teachers and staff. Each month a different grade level will be the sponsor.

This month, the fourth grade will be stocking the pantry in the teacher's lounge with a variety of snacks and beverages. To make this easy on parents, we are asking parents of fourth graders to contribute $5-10 (or whatever they feel comfortable with) via Venmo to @michelle-scalise-5 or @wrosner by October 20th. We will be doing a Costco run to purchase bulk items for the teachers and staff to enjoy.

If you have any questions or would like to contribute in another way, please contact mzscalise@gmail.com or wendy.l.rosner@gmail.com. Thank you!

Reflections - Deadline Extended


Thanks to the Fairfax County PTA we are able to extend this year's Reflections deadline to November 5th at 5PMClick here for more information and detailed contest rules. To submit your student's 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. Contact wendy.l.rosner@gmail.com with any questions or for more information.

Odyssey of the Mind Teams are Forming This Month


Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving  program involving students from kindergarten through college. Children work as part of a small team to practice creative thinking and risk-taking.  Check out our website for all the details here.  If you're thinking of signing up your child(ren) and you haven't reached out or received any emails on the subject, send a note to Courtney:odysseyofthemind@wolftrappta.org 

If you missed the Parent Interest Meeting earlier this month, you can watch the recording of it here.  Stay tuned as we form teams!

Dining for Dollars - October 27th

Fosters and Ben and Jerry's - October Dining for Dollars

Craving a burger and some ice cream?!

Come join us in supporting October's Dining for Dollars at Foster's Grille (11 am - 9 pm) and Ben & Jerry's (4 - 9 pm) on Wednesday, October 27th. Please make sure to indicate "Wolftrap" when ordering.

Thanks for all your support!

Wolftrap 5k & Fun Run Volunteer Social Event


Bubbles?! This year Wolftrap PTA 5K and Fun Run is in person on Sunday, April 24th and will include lots of fun bubbles.

The 5K and Fun Run is Wolftrap's biggest activity and fundraiser enabling the Wolftrap PTA to do great things to support our school and students. 
The PTA is looking to rebuild our 5k committee which has been our largest committee in the past creating a tremendously fun event.

Come on Friday, November 5th at 5pm for an outdoor adult social event in the Clarks Glen Rd cul-de-sac (1907 Clarks Glen Pl, Vienna VA) to learn more about the 5k, enjoy light beverages, and even games! We can't do this without our volunteers. 5k & Fun Run volunteer activities start as early as December. Come learn, have fun, and be social! Please have a mask with you. 

Immediate questions? Email wolftrap5k@gmail.com.

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.