Wolftrap Connection - December 13, 2021

In This Issue:

Message from the Principal

A Message from the PTA

Dining for Dollars

Yearbook Cover Contest

Reflections Results

PTA  Audit Committee

Skate Night Volunteer Opportunity

Pick Up and Drop Off Safety

Our Talisman Neighbors

Community Updates


Upcoming Events

wolftrap calender

December 13 & 14 - Outdoor Band Performance, 8AM

December 14 - Dining for dollars

December 15 - Yearbook cover contest due

December 16 - 6th Grade winter party

December 20 - 31 - Winter break

Message from the Principal

December 13, 2021

Dear Wolftrap Families,

            As we move into this last week before a well-deserved winter break, we continue to be thankful for all the hard work on the part of our staff and students. We will celebrate that work this week with some fun and fellowship. Thank you to all of you who have stopped by to facilitate some outdoor celebrations and fun for classes. We appreciate you!

CONGRATULATIONS!! We were so excited this week to recognize our Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Ms. Stephanie Burdett and our Outstanding Operational Employee of the Year, Ms. Renee Ridgway! Ms. Burdett is in her 11th year at Wolftrap and has taught 1st and 2nd grade. She has served as the representative on the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council, provided professional development to teachers at the Advanced Academic Institute with Ms. Newman and served on the math training team. She is a Flipgrid certified educator and a member of ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education).

Ms. Ridgway has worked at Wolftrap for 17 years in a variety of grades, including with me in 4th grade for two years! She has primarily worked with the younger students and has supported teachers and staff across the building in a variety of ways. We are happy to recognize these educators!

Additionally, we had 7 other teachers receive nominations from the community and their colleagues. Please also congratulate the following teachers for their accomplishments: Ms. Cynthie Bush, Ms. Bethany Mallino, Mr. Eric Painter, Ms. Kate Piester, Ms. Lindsay Siggers, Ms. Ginny Terwelp and Ms. Annie van Hilst.

THANK YOU!: As always, our Wolftrap families have stepped up to help us provide for those in our community that have needs this season of the year. Thank you to all of you who contributed to Louise Archer’s Third Annual Warm Clothing Drive. We dropped our donations at the school last week. Some grade levels have also organized additional drives for books and food. Last week, I became aware of a fire in the Herndon community that displaced several families from Herndon Elementary School. After reaching out to Ms. Candace Hunstead, Herndon ES principal, she sent over the list of sizes and suggestions for contributions. If you are interested in supporting this effort, please call the Wolftrap office, and we can give you more information. If you would like to contribute, you can take items directly to Herndon Elementary (630 Dranesville Road, Herndon), or you can drop those at Wolftrap by Wednesday, December 15th. I will deliver any items and gift cards to Herndon on December 16th. Thank you for your help!

COVID PRECAUTIONS CONTINUE: Thank you for your continued help in our mitigation strategies with this virus. Although we are encouraged by the availability of the vaccination for younger students, we are required to comply with the safety standards regarding the care room. EACH DAY, please use the screening form to be vigilant for any symptoms in your household. If students exhibit any of the symptoms, please do not send them to school. The daily health screening questionnaire form is linked here. Also, The FCPS website is linked here, with information regarding return to school after being sent home from the Care room. Our school health aide, Ms. Sharon Wolf, can answer questions and can be reached at her email address: SWolf@fcps.edu

             ESSER funds and programming: Some of you may be familiar with the ESSER funding that is being provided to schools as part of Federal assistance. ESSER stands for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief. I have linked the news release about the spending plan here. As part of the plan, Wolftrap has developed after school programming to support identified students and instructional supports during school for students. ESSER funding also enables us to provide additional wellness supports to students. As part of upcoming meet and greet sessions, I will discuss these projects further, but I wanted the community to be aware of this initial information and that our webpage will be updated this week to include the details of our work at Wolftrap.

            MEET AND GREET: This transitions nicely into my intention to provide opportunities for upcoming meet and greet events with the administrative team after the winter break. Part of the challenge in accepting this position after the school year started is that the work is already in progress, as you well know. The winter break will give me some time to collect my thoughts and pertinent information to present to the Wolftrap community, regarding the ESSER plan, the school improvement and innovation plan, our Equity work and our vision and mission. While I promise that I intend to take a break, the quiet time will also give me a welcome opportunity to reflect on our work to this point and to discuss our work going forward. I look forward to scheduling this time to be with all of you. I’m hopeful to provide some in-person opportunities, “in the tent” and virtual meetings, as well.

            HAVE A WONDERFUL BREAK! As I mentioned before Thanksgiving, it is important for all of us to take a break. We are looking forward to enjoying time to relax and enjoy being with family and friends. To ensure students take a well-deserved break, no homework will be assigned over winter break. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills. However, no assignments should be due immediately following the break. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. I am thankful for the Wolftrap community.


Dr. Maggie Grove



AAP Deadline:

Families, as a friendly reminder, the referral window for Level IV services closes on December 15th, 3:45 pm. This means that the Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form and optional materials for students in Grade 2 who are not in the screening pool and students in Grades 3-7 are due to Mrs. Newman- srnewman@fcps.edu.

More specific details of the process can be found here:


Wofltrap PTA

Happy Holidays to our Wolftrap Community! We hope everyone has a restful and joyous holiday season. 

As we look forward to the New Year, the PTA is excited to bring a mix of virtual and in-person events to our school. Look for fun announcements about our annual Talent Show, Edison Expo, and 5k. We will see you all in 2022!

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)

Dining for Dollars

Chi Mc Vienna

Tuesday, December 14 from 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM

Address: 126 Branch Road (Danor Plaza -near Fresh Market)

Enjoy delicious Korean food (esp famous for their Korean fried chicken), support a Vienna restaurant, and our Wolftrap ES PTA.

Please make sure to type “Wolftrap” for Online/Takeout orders or say “Wolftrap” for dine-in and phone orders. Thank you!! 

Chi Mc: Online Menu - 126 Branch Road Vienna, VA Restaurant | Order now!

Yearbook Cover Contest

Calling all 3rd-6th Graders! Show off your Wolfie Spirit by submitting original artwork for this year’s Yearbook Cover Contest. The design must include:

This year’s theme: The Pack is Back
School name: Wolftrap Elementary
School year: 2021-2022

Instructions: Entries are due by Wednesday, December 15. Use an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper oriented VERTICALLY. Any art medium may be used (crayons, paint, pastels, markers, etc.), but NO clip art, internet files, or copied work are allowed. Be sure to fill all the space with COLOR and submit your art to the front office with your name, teacher, and grade on the back. Wolftrap Teachers and Staff will judge the entries, and runners up may also appear in the Yearbook!

Please keep sending photos and any questions to: yearbook@wolftrappta.org

Reflections Results

Large Reflections Template
The Reflections contest results are in! Three judges from the Vienna Arts Society had a very difficult job picking the winners since the overall quality, effort and creativity of our students' work was so high! We had ten students, place first and had their work sent up to Fairfax County. Six of those students won at the County level and their work is now being judged at the District level.  Those students are: Julia Drolet (Literature, Middle School), Juliet Rosner (Dance Choreography, Primary), Daphne Rosner (Film Production, Primary), Naomi Rosner (Literature, Intermediate), Savannah Weise (Photography, Middle School) and Evelyn Uhl (Photography, Primary).
Our other first place winners at Wolftrap are Harrison Abraham (Visual Arts), Daphne Rosner (Literature), Naomi Rosner (Visual Arts), Olivia Smith (Music Composition), Olivia Zhao (Photography), Julia Drolet (Music Composition) and  Sophia Shad (Visual Arts).
Congratulations also to our second place winners -- Cole Ballagh, Reese Ballagh, Enzo Sacco, Nora Schulenberg, Ashley Sinclair, Alice Uhl and Evelyn Uhl -- as well as our third place winners -- Megan Dean, Madeline Fraser, and Olivia Zhao. Honorable mentions were also awarded to Finn Ballagh, William Geer, Sahana Gowrishankar, Julia Lallemand, Audrey Law and Adam Qazi.
Thank you so much and congratulations to all winners and participants!

PTA Audit Committee

In accordance with our Virginia PTA charter, the Audit Committee is responsible for ensuring the financial practices are sound and records are complete.  We meet several times a year to review controls, deposits and expenses for the year-end June 30th.
Many thanks to the Committee members, Amy Britton, Helen Burton and Shari Rash!  And kudos to Laura Roper, PTA Treasurer for keeping our books and records!
- Amanda Ryan, Chair

Skate Night Volunteer Opportunity


The PTA is looking for a committee lead for Skate Night. We currently do not have anyone to lead this committee and will not be able to host this event without volunteers. We need someone willing to coordinate with SkateQuest, work with our webteam to create a form for ticket sales, purchase glow sticks and pizza, and coordinate volunteers for the night of the event. The event would take place in approximately the February timeframe. Please reach out to president@wolftrappta.org if you are interested in taking on this role.

Pick Up and Drop Off Safety

Please do NOT drop off/pick up students along the school side of Talisman between Beulah and St. Roman.

No Parking

Safety First:

If dropping a child off at school from an automobile, Kiss and Ride is the ONLY safe process for this option. Please share this information with all adults driving children to school in your household.

Kiss and Ride Diagram

Our Talisman Neighbors

Please remember to remain respectful of our neighbors on Talisman. Please do not step in their landscaping or leave items in their yard. Let's show our Wolfie spirit by being respectful to our school neighbors! 

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.

Kilmer December Fundraiser at Vienna Vintner

For the entire month of December, Vienna Vintner will donate 20% of sales on all retail priced items back to the Kilmer PTA.  Only catch is that you must mention Kilmer Middle School Fundraiser at the time of purchase.  So, stock up on your holiday wine supply while benefiting the Kilmer PTA at the same time.