Mustang Memo 3.31.22


Thanks to Ms. Carney, WSES reading teacher (who breeds rabbits), our students Read with Rabbits this week!

Note from Dr. Sheers

This week we paused to celebrate and thank our staff for their continuous efforts to maximize our students' potential. Thank you for celebrating our passionate and dedicated staff.

Our staff is committed to giving their all to the West Springfield community. They demonstrate outrageous love to our students every day, create high expectations, and help all Mustangs develop the skills they need to navigate our  ever-changing world.  

News and Notes

Spring Break
The office is closed Friday, April 1 - Friday, April 8.

Monitor Symptoms
We have had zero cases of Covid since unmasking and want to keep it that way! As a reminder, please monitor your child's symptoms when returning from Spring Break and err on the side of caution. Please keep your child home if they exhibit any cold-like symptoms, stomachache, headache, nausea, fever, running nose, etc. Wishing you a wonderful, relaxing Spring Break! 

Payment for School Wide Field Trip
Permission/Emergency Care Forms are due! For your convenience, payments continue to be accepted 24/7 online at MySchoolBucks Payments are due April 6. Contact Debbie Phillips, FT/AA at 703-912-4402 or with any questions.

Thank You!
Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who assisted Dr. Sheers and Ms. Hibner in recess coverage! Appreciate the love to our staff during staff appreciation and a special thank you to our PTA for the special treats too!


Order Yearbooks Now! $17.00 today through April 15, 2022 – Keep your order 21854 number handy when you log on.  All orders are due by Friday, April 15, 2022 and can be placed online:

FCPS Online Tutoring - Opt-Out Information
Students will be able to access through a link in Schoology beginning mid-April, 2022. Your student will automatically have access to the tutoring service unless you submit an opt-out request. If you do not want your student to have access to this online tutoring resource, complete the opt-out via ParentVUE by April 11, 2022.  Directions for opting out can be found on the Online Tutoring Services website. If you are unable to opt-out via ParentVUE, submit the hard copy form that will be sent home from school. You may also opt your student out of tutoring service at a later date via ParentVUE or by submitting a request to your student's school.

Rising Kindergarten Orientation

We are excited to begin thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30?  Please start your registration now by filling out this interest sign-up.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. Thank you!

Save the Date - Kindergarten Orientation
Tuesday, May 24 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


SOL Testing Information

It’s hard to believe, but the SOL testing window is approaching quickly!  The window itself is open from April 25 – May 20, with retakes (for qualifying students only) being given the week of May 23.

Here is the testing schedule.  Please be mindful of the dates that your child tests when scheduling appointments.  If your child is absent on a testing day, we will provide time for make-ups upon return.

Tuesday, May 3: 6th Reading
Wednesday, May 4: 5th Reading
Thursday, May 5: 4th Reading
Tuesday, May 10: 3rd Reading
Wednesday, May 11: 5th Math
Thursday, May 12: 4th Math
Tuesday, May 17: 6th Math AND 3rd Math
Wednesday, May 18: 5th Science

Month of the Military Child


In April, we will be celebrating Month of the Military Child to recognize the military connected students at WSES.  Below are some opportunities to participate:   

  • Picture of your family:  Send in a picture of your military connected family to be featured on the WSES news show.  If you sent a picture in last year, we could use the same picture- let us know!  
  • Students to speak on the news show:  Looking for military connected students who are interested in speaking on the news show about their experience of being part of a military family.  We can work with the students on what they may want to say!    
  • Help with decorating:  Need 4th, 5th, and 6th grade volunteers to help with decorations for Purple Up Day on April 20.  Students do not need to be military connected to help with this.      
  • Show your spirit on April 20:  Any interested/available military parents are encouraged to dress in their uniform on Purple Up Day (Wednesday, April 20) to walk their child up to school (all WSES students encouraged to wear purple that day). 

Please direct submissions and questions to our Military Counselor, Kristen Mahoney: or 202-725-7018.  Deadline for submissions/volunteers is March 31, 2022.  

Positivity Project

Positivity Project - Week of March 28

This week’s character strength is Fairness. Fairness is the product of moral judgement -- the process by which people determine what is morally right and what is morally wrong. Cultivating the character strength of fairness is correlated with highly desirable developmental outcomes. It helps people to become trustworthy friends, responsible citizens, and generally moral people.  Find out more about Fairness by watching this video . Next character strength:  Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

Save the Date

April 4 - 8 - Spring Break

Week of April 17 - Month of the Military Child Spirit Week

Thursday, April 28 - School-wide Field Trip

Friday, April 29 - PTA Bingo Night & Spirit Day

Wednesday, May 4 - Mural Reveal and Celebration 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 20 - Field Day

Tuesday, May 24 - Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, May 25 - WSES Mustang Night

Thursday, June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony 10:30 a.m.

Friday, June 10 - Last Day of School/Early Release

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