Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

This week we will honor our veterans on Thursday, November 11. Teachers will be sharing about Veterans Day in class, and we will have a slideshow of some of our very own veterans on the morning news show. In the Prindle household we certainly take time to recognize the contributions of our family members who serve and have served, as well as the many others that serve our country. Our entire school community is grateful to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make to support our country near and far.

As we near Thanksgiving, we have much to be grateful for. We will be collecting gift cards to provide to our Wakefield Forest families in need this season. If you are able to donate, we will collect these in the school office and distribute them the week of November 22 through the school counselors and Parent Liaison. Gift cards to grocery stores, Target, Walmart, etc. are preferred to support critical needs.  


Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle


Veterans Day -  Seeking Photos 


We would like to honor our veterans by showing the students a slideshow of WFES family members who served or are serving in the military.  The slideshow will appear on the morning news show on Veterans Day.

Please send digital photos to Julia Ruskin at jsruskin@fcps.edu

Early Release

2 Hour Early Release on Thursday, November 11


On Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, students will be dismissed 2 hours early, at 1:25 pm.


military family

Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family


Did you know military-connected students experience different “seasons” as they navigate their school years?

Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant support for the start of the school year.

Highlights include:

  • Mental Health of Military-Connected Kids and Teens
  • Storms in Any Season- What parents need to know about
  • Deployments, Injuries, Separations, and Loss
  • Known and little known resources for military families to get you through storms and everyday life
  • How to Prepare for an Off-Cycle Move

Join Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for our second of a 4-part series supporting military-connected families.

December 3, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family


COVID-19 Vaccine for children ages 5-11


This week we reached a milestone in our collective effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Children ages 5-11 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Local pediatricians joined us to answer some of the common questions families have about the vaccine. Community clinics and local pediatricians will begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11 very soon. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities will be available on our website

We asked local pediatricians to talk with us about some of the questions families have about the vaccine. In this short video  we learn how the vaccine works and its safety.

book fair

 Fall Book Fair, November 8 -12


Our WFES Fall Book Fair is currently underway in the library! Students are welcome to shop during school hours each day this week (please note that the book fair will close at 1:30pm on Thursday 11/11 in conjunction with the early release that afternoon). Families may send in cash, a check made out to the WFES PTA, or create an eWallet for their child that serves like an electronic gift card to spend at the book fair. For more information, to shop our online book fair, or to set up an eWallet, please visit https://www.scholastic.com/bf/wfes. Please contact our WFES librarian/book fair chairperson Amy Rapuano at alrapuano@fcps.edu with any questions.


Upcoming Events

Family Life Education Parent Preview Night is tomorrow, November 10


Parents have the right to review the complete family life curricula. This includes all supplemental materials used in any family life education program. Instructional materials may be viewed in:

  • Parent View in Schoology: lessons, slide presentations, and media (media on DVD is not available)
  • School library: lessons, slides presentations, and media
  • City of Fairfax Regional Library: lessons and slide presentations

Contact Sue Holmes at 703-503-2300 or  KSHolmes@fcps.edu for help setting up your ParentVue account in SIS if you don’t have one yet. The SIS ParentVue account allows you access to Schoology. You will need access to Schoology to view the lessons.

We will be hosting a virtual parent preview night on Wednesday, November 10 at 6:30 pm.  Please go to this link and sign in with your child’s name so that Ms. Williams will recognize you: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97133953487

Ms. Williams will share information and then you will have time to transition over to your Schoology account to view the lessons.

Please email Ms. Williams with any questions at alwilliams1@fcps.edu


Outstanding Employee Award Nominations

Every year Fairfax County Public Schools recognizes outstanding employees at all levels.  If you are interested in nominating a WFES staff member in any of the following categories, please use this link

Please contact Julia Ruskin at jsruskin@fcps.edu with any questions.

  • Outstanding Teacher (includes Librarian)
  • Outstanding New Teacher (a teacher within his or her first three years of teaching)
  • Outstanding Principal
  • Outstanding Leader (Assistant Principal)
  • Outstanding Professional Employee (School Counselor, School-Based Technology Specialist, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Technology Support Specialist)
  • Outstanding Operational Employee (Office Staff, Instructional Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, Parent Liaison)
Spelling bee

Spelling Bee (Virtual) on February 3, 2022


The WFES Spelling Bee is scheduled to be held virtually on Thursday, February 3 at 4:30 pm.  Following the bee rules provided by Scripps (www.spelling.com), the Spelling Bee is open to students in grades 3 through 6.  The WFES champion will go to the Fairfax County Spelling Bee in March 2022!  Please return the form sent in your child's Thursday folder OR complete the following online form:


Registrations are due by December 10, 2021.  

Questions? Email WFES Spelling Bee coordinator at nudratsalik@aol.com

School Bond Referendum


Thank You Fairfax County Voters for Supporting the 2021 School Bond Referendum!

Thank you to the voters of Fairfax County who approved the 2021 Bond Referendum for school renovations and improvements. More than 69.6% of those voting in the election on November 2 supported the $360 million bond referendum. We are grateful for the support shown for Fairfax County Public Schools and the 179,000 students who grow and thrive in our schools. 

These funds will enable FCPS to proceed with construction, renovations, enhancements, and planning for improvements to 14 schools, plus land acquisition for a future western county high school. Projects funded by the 2021 bond referendum will provide upgraded, current facilities for our students, staff members, and the tens of thousands of Fairfax County residents who use the schools for recreation, meetings, and community events.

FCPS plans to fund the following school projects with bond proceeds.


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

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

Wednesday, November 17 at 2:50 pm: General Patrol Meeting

Thursday, November 18 at 2:50 pm: SCA General Meeting

Friday, November 19 : Grades 5-6 Electives Session Two begins

Tuesday, November 23: SCA Spirit Day - Dress like a Teacher

Wednesday, November 24 - Friday, November 26: Thanksgiving Holiday