Mustang Memo 5.13.22

We see you; we welcome you; you belong here. We celebrated the completion of our new mural welcoming students into the school. Artist Raman Singh's mural incorporates the ideas of our students and invites them to see themselves in the mural. 

Note from Dr. Sheers

Join our New Parent Ambassador Committee!

We are looking for volunteers to serve as Parent Ambassadors for the 2022-2023 school year. At the start of a new school year (and throughout the school year), WSES welcomes many new families from around the world - both near and far - to our school. While our staff is always available to help new families with whatever they may need, sometimes it is helpful for a new family to be connected with another WSES parent who can help answer questions, connect them with local resources, and provide support. By volunteering to be a Parent Ambassador you will help us support our families (both new and returning) by being a valuable link to our school.

We’d like to have ambassadors in a variety of capacities, including language and special interest (e.g. military, special education).

Language ambassadors are essential to help welcome new families from different cultures. They help families transition from other countries by sharing local traditions and school protocols/procedures. Language ambassadors may be called on from time to time to help translate for non-English speaking families.

A special interest ambassador may be a military-connected family willing to assist a new WSES military-connected family by answering questions about the community or sharing helpful resources. Other examples of a special interest ambassador would be a parent who is familiar with and can help new families with special education program questions and resources; or a parent who has children in the same class or grade level as a new family and is available to be a point of contact should the new family have any questions.

If you are interested in becoming a Parent Ambassador or have any questions, please fill out the form below.

News and Notes

Mustang Night - Wed., May 25 5:45 -7:45 p.m.
Come discover the rich diversity of our Mustangs at Mustang Night.

This event is an opportunity to learn more about our classmates and fellow WSES families by learning about each other through student projects, performances and food.  All students will have a project displayed. 

Mustang Night Food and Paper Product Sign Up
Please bring bite-sized portions of food of something you love to eat along with a sign explaining what it is (please note allergens). To participate, please sign up here. Don’t want to cook? No problem! We need donations of paper products too and can sign up to bring those items here.

Mustang Me
Last week we sent home an optional “Mustang Me” project for students to complete. Students can draw pictures, write, cut and paste photos to include in their “Mustang Me” page to be displayed during Mustang Night. Please keep an eye out for a blank “Mustang Me” page in your child’s Thursday folder. You can also download a copy of the “Mustang Me” page here. Please turn by Friday, May 20

Field Day
Field Day will take place on May 20th. Students have been working hard learning different games throughout the year and we are making sure they have all the information they need.

We would like to give you some information as well. First, 3rd -6th grade field day will take place in the morning from 10:00 am -12:00 pm and K-2nd grade field day will be in the afternoon from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Don’t miss all the fun! We need YOUR Help! Volunteer here

Outdoor Lunch Volunteers
Below is a Sign Up Genius to help monitor our students during outdoor lunch.

Please sign up if you are able to help us out. On days that it is raining, we will eat inside and will not need your help. Sign up here:

Dr. Reid Virtual Town Hall
On Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m., incoming superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall. Watch your email and upcoming issues of FCPS This Week for more details, including how to register. Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1. Dr. Reid held an in-person town hall May 3 that can be viewed on the FCPS YouTube Channel. 

Patrol Application
Is your child a rising 5th or 6th grader and interested in applying to be a patrol for the 2022-23 School Year? Apply here:

Pyramid Art Exhibit
The Pyramid Art Exhibit is an annual art show.  Selected artwork from WSES will be displayed along with artwork from Cardinal Forest, Hunt Valley, Keene Mill, Orange Hunt, Rolling Valley, Washington Irving Middle School and West Springfield High School.  If your child has a piece in the art show, they will receive an official invitation from Mrs. Whitbourne or Mrs. Mahon. 

Art Show Details
Location: Workhouse Arts Center, Building 16
Showing: May 11-May 22
Reception: Saturday, May 14th, 6-8 pm

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

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 17: 6th Math AND 3rd Math
Wednesday, May 18: 5th Science

Parent Resources

Attend free family and educator webinars to learn the latest information to help your child succeed. Find out more here.

Positivity Project

This week concludes Activities for the Positivity Project – this week’s character strength is OPM Outro Week – Other People Mindset.  The mission of P2 is to empower you to build positive relationships by understanding, appreciating, and exemplifying the character strengths in us all. People who have strong, positive relationships do five things consistently - these are the five practices of the Other People Mindset. 1. Recognize the good in other people, 2. Recognize that everything you say or do affects other people, 3. Support others when they struggle, 4. Cheer people on when they succeed, 5. Remain present when giving people your attention. People who have a strong Other People Mindset are able to build and maintain strong, positive relationships with others.  Find out more about what we’ve learned through the Positivity Project by watching this video 

Save the Date

Friday, May 20 - Field Day/Mustang Me Page due

Tuesday, May 24 - Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, May 25 - WSES Mustang Night

Friday, May 27 - Orange and Blue Spirit Day to celebrate the graduating WSHS class

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day (Holiday)

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

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