Mustang Memo 4.15.22


Artist, Raman Singh, has begun our community mural! Final reveal and celebration is Wednesday, May 4th at 5:00 p.m.

Note from Dr. Sheers

Hard to believe we are in our fourth quarter of school! Before we know it, we will be packing up and wishing you a wonderful summer! Lots of activities will be occurring between now and the end of the school year. Please review your child's newsletters and the Mustang Memo thoroughly so you don't miss out on anything!

Next week we are celebrating the Month of the Military Child. See below for more information and ways for you to participate.

On Friday, April 29, please join us to celebrate our students with Autism by wearing blue. Blue represents the color for Autism Awareness. Let's show our support and Mustang pride by wearing anything blue to acknowledge our many Mustangs with Autism. 


News and Notes

The WSES Scholastic Spring Book Fair is Coming!
The Spring Book Fair will be held in the Library from Monday, April 18th – Friday, April 22nd.  Each class will be scheduled for a visit to the Fair during their normal library class time.  Please feel free to join your child’s class for his or her Book Fair visit.  In addition to scheduled class visits, the Bok Fair will be open on Wednesday from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Book Fair flyers will be going home in Thursday packets this week.  If you would like to take advantage of eWallet you can set it up for your student(s) here 

Each year I count on volunteers to help run the fair. We need assistance on Friday, April 15 after school to set up the Fair and on the 22 to pack it all up.  In addition to those two dates, it is extremely helpful to have weekday volunteers to answer the kids' questions (i.e. how much does this book cost), tidy up, and help our youngest students create wish lists to bring home.

If you are interested in volunteering please click up our sign up link here (

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Stevenson at 


"The most radical act you can perform as an ally to Autistic people is to accept them exactly as they are and beyond that to celebrate them and their neurotype."  Nancy Doyle, organizational psychologist specializing in neurodiversity

Join us in recognizing #AutismAcceptanceMonth! See how:

On Friday, April 29, please join us by wearing blue to support our Mustangs.

Cards for Seniors Week: April 25 - April 29, 2022
In partnership with WSES PTA's Community of Caring Committee, we invite all WSES students to help us in recognizing and honoring the Senior Citizens in our community by making cards or writing notes of appreciation that will be delivered to Senior Communities in our area. 

Keep your order 21854 number handy when you log on.  All orders are due by Friday, April 15, 2022 and can be placed online:

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 (bring your child)


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.  

Parent Resources

Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

Fridays - 10:00-11:30 a.m.

  • 4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

Positivity Project

Positivity Project - Week of April 11

This week’s character strength is Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence - Appreciating excellence and beauty helps an individual experience positive emotions and connect to the world around him/her. It’s an outward facing strength, meaning the individual is focused on the world outside his/her head. And, not only is the individual outwardly focused, but often deeply absorbed in a sense of awe or admiration, freeing him/her to forget anxieties or troubles. People with this character strength are not looking to criticize the world or its people, but instead take pleasure from their excellence. Find out more about Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence by watching this video. Next character strength:  OPM – Identifying & appreciating the good in others

Save the Date

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

Thursday, April 28 - School-wide Field Trip

Friday, April 29 - PTA Bingo Night & Autism Awareness Spirit Day (Wear Blue)

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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