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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

We loved seeing all of our characters at school on Friday on our first SCA Spirit Day of the year. At the end of each quarter, we dance and celebrate our hard work. Friday was a wonderful end to our first quarter.

WFES has unfilled substitute vacancies almost every day. Vacancies mean our school resources are stretched, which impacts our staff and students. If you know someone who may be interested in serving as a substitute, please direct them here: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/substitute-teaching-opportunities

Veteran’s Day is approaching on November 11.  This is another early release day for students.  We want to honor our Veterans on our morning news show.  If you have a veteran in your family, we’d love for you to send us a digital photo to share with students.  Please send your photos to jsruskin@fcps.edu.

If you are looking for a spot to donate your extra Halloween candy, we keep a staff candy drawer as a morale booster. We are always open to candy donations!

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle




In-School COVID Screening Update


Optional COVID-19 screening testing for students will begin November 15, not November 8 as previously announced. The change aligns all student screening testing start dates, making it more convenient for families with students in different grade levels. Preregistration and consent information will be shared with families soon. For all the details about COVID-19 screening testing, visit our COVID-19 Screening Testing webpage.

Screening testing is an important layered prevention strategy that helps keep our school a safe place for all students to learn. I hope you will consider enrolling your child in screening testing until your child is eligible for vaccination.


Book Fair

Fall Book Fair is Coming November 8-12


The WFES Library is happy to announce that we will be holding an in-person fall book fair the week of 11/8-11/12! Students will have the opportunity to shop our large selection of books during the school hours each day. Keep an eye out for a detailed schedule of book fair hours and an overview of the offerings in Thursday folders on 10/28 and 11/4. Please note that we will NOT be hosting an evening event for this fair, and parents will not be permitted in the building during school hours for shopping.

Online shopping will be available starting 11/5 at the following: 


We are also looking for a limited number of volunteers to help set up, run, and pack up the fair. If you are interested in helping out, please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084cadaf2ea31-fall2 to sign up. All volunteers must be WFES parents and must wear a mask at all times while at the book fair and on school grounds. Please contact WFES librarian Amy Rapuano at alrapuano@fcps.edu for any questions.



FCPS School Bond on Today's Ballot


The FCPS school bond referendum will be on the general election ballot today, November 2.

If approved, the School Bond will fund projects at two high schools and 12 elementary schools, including Wakefield Forest ES:

  • Wakefield Forest Elementary
    • $30 million
    • Renovation including additions, totaling approximately 103,000 SF.  Additions include a library, classrooms, music room, administrative offices, cafeteria expansion, and site improvements.  

To read more about the WFES renovation in the Braddock Buzz, click here.


Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid due Friday, November 5


FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. 

If you have misplaced the form your student brought home and need another one, please contact Sue Holmes at 703-503-2300 or at ksholmes@fcps.edu

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's teacher.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.


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, November 3 from 2:50 - 3:20 pm: Patrol Officers Meeting

Monday, November 8 - Friday, November 12: Fall Book Fair

Wednesday, November 10 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm FLE Parent Preview (virtual)

Wednesday, November 10 at 7:30 pm: PTA Meeting (virtual)

Thursday, November 11: Veteran's Day, 2 hour early release