Mustang Memo 5.20.22

Note from Dr. Sheers


We are looking forward to see you at Mustang Night on Wednesday! Since the county and school is experiencing an increase in Covid cases, masks are encouraged. Food will be located throughout the building with plenty of space for us to spread out and enjoy the tastings our families have contributed both inside and outside. Don't forget to sign up below to help contribute to our food tastings.  

We look forward to learning about each other as a community. 

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 Sign Up
Please bring bite-sized portions of something you love to eat along with a sign explaining what it is (please note allergens). To participate, please sign up here

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. Please sign up here. Questions? Contact our Family Liaison, Karen Lathrop.

WSES Panoramic Photo is online!
Any student who has not had a chance to order a Panoramic photo, it’s not too late! All orders using the link below will direct ship to a home address entered at checkout.

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:

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:

Rising 4/5/6 Music Electives Sign Up

Attention Students in rising grades 4, 5, and 6!
Now is the time to enroll in your music electives for the 2022-2023 school year. Deadline to enroll is Friday, June 10.

Band or Strings (Rising Grades 4, 5, and 6)
In grades 4 – 6, students have the opportunity to start/continue an instrument. Fourth graders can choose strings, Fifth and Sixth graders can choose band OR strings. Students will receive one band/strings class a week. They will still have two general music classes and will not miss any other instruction.

Enroll here: HERE

Important information to know about the music programs:

  • Classes will meet once during specials.
  • This choice is a year-long commitment.
  • Students will be expected to participate in performances.
  • Students are expected to participate fully in class, follow all class rules, and practice regularly to learn their music.
  • Parents of Band and Strings students are expected to rent an instrument for their child.

Choir (Rising 5 and 6)
In grades 5 and 6, students can also join the choir program at West Springfield Elementary! Students have the option to participate in choir while also playing an instrument in either band OR strings. Choir will be held for 30-45 minutes once a week for both 5th and 6th grade students.

  • Students will be responsible for purchasing a choir polo (~$15-18), black pants/skirt and black closed toe shoes.
  • Students are expected to make up schoolwork they miss during instruction when attending weekly chorus.


Questions about the programs?
Band Teacher - Leah Hellier at
Strings Teacher – Harlie Krug 
Choir Teacher – Sarah Sullivan at

Please sign up by Friday, June 10!

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!

Next Week!
Tuesday, May 24 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (bring your child)


Parent Resources

FCPS is hosting a new, free webinar for military families on Friday, June 3 from 10:00 – 11:30 am.

Preparing for a Military Move? What Every Military Family Needs to Know

Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant tips and strategies for managing new challenges.

  • Registration and withdrawal process
  • How to use the Education Binder
  • Why goodbyes are important
  • Resources within FCPS for military families

To register for the workshop, use this link: Challenges of the Military Family

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

Save the Date

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