Westlawn Family Message - May 21, 2022

Westlawn Family Message

May 21, 2022

Keeping Families Connected!


Hello Westlawn Families,

Thank you to the PTA and staff volunteers that made Bingo Night a smashing success!  It may have been hot, but that doesn't stop Westlawn from turning out.  We were able to squeeze in some big community events the past eight weeks, and we look forward to many more next school year.  

This week kindergarteners will be going to Frying Pan Park, 4th graders will be visited virtually by a renowned journalist, and band/strings students rehearse for the big concert on May 31.  We have three weeks left in the 21-22 school year, we will make them count!

This week some students will be participating in SOL retakes.  Please ensure children are well-rested and at school on time.  

For daily snapshots into the Westlawn Community we encourage families to follow us on Twitter

As we continue on through these challenging times, families seeking resources and assistance are encouraged to visit the Fairfax County Coordinated Services webpage.  

Upcoming Dates:

  • May 20 - Bingo Night
  • May 27 – Full Band/Strings rehearsals during specials
  • May 30 - Memorial Day Holiday
  • May 31 – Band/Strings concert – 6:00pm
  • June 2- Patrol Picnic @ Mason Crest Park
  • June 2 - Westlawn's Got Talent at 6PM (virtual event)
  • June 6 and 8 - Field Day (primary and upper)
  • June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony at FCHS
  • June 10 - Last Day of School (2 hour early release)

Next week we take another step on the road to recovery.

Together, we are strong. Together, we transcend.  Together, we soar. 

We are Westlawn.

In Proud Partnership,

Christoph Hill, Anaya Bryson and Stephanie Carpenter, Westlawn Principals

Elementary Institute for the Arts

FCPS is offering its Elementary Institute for the Arts at Lake Braddock High School for students currently in 2nd-5th grade. Students may register for as many weeks as they like! Bus transportation from select high schools is available.

Week 1: July 5-8th

Week 2: July 11-15th

Week 3: July 18th-22nd

Week 4: July 25th-29th

Each day goes from 8:30am-2:00pm

Students who qualify for Free and Reduced meals receive free tuition and may join for as many weeks as they like. 

You can sign up here:



Girls on the Run

Our Girls on the Run Team spent the practice time completing their service project. They voted to collect trash off the school grounds and they definitely delivered!! They had a great time and may have helped out some neighbors by cleaning stuff out if their yards.

If you're available, please come cheer on the team on Sunday morning at the Ballston GOTR 5K at 8:30am!


Cub Scouts Flag Ceremony

This week, the Cub Scouts participated in a flag ceremony run by the adult leaders.  



From the Desk of Ms. Heyer and Ms. Vu

Library Books are due soon! The last day for student checkout is Friday, May 20th.  All library books are due by Friday, May 27th.  Please contact Mrs. Vu, tnquachvu@fcps.edu, or Mrs. Heyer, pdheyer@fcps.edu,  with any questions.

6th Save the Date

Community Conversation - Thursday, May 12

Join us for our weekly Community Conversation with Principals on Thursday, May 12 @ 10:15AM.  Access our virtual session here

Here are the slides and recording from last week's CCWP.  


Sign-ups for Band and Strings Starts Now!

Please watch the google slide presentation (ONLY available to view through students’ fcpsschools.net accounts) to help you make your decision about instruments in the Fall!  If you know what you want to sign up for already, click the Google Form directly!  (Should be available through any account).

Google slides presentation - English (only from fcpsschools.net accounts) - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1m-2hMcfSf3YQumbwQbLA7v2a4-9ATQni16GViXrq0Ww/edit?usp=sharing

Google slides presentation – Spanish (only from fcpsschools.net accounts) - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1C9Og5DAnL9At2OXF7i9_ZTD9VyAeRoWsQWRYBsNdjkQ/edit?usp=sharing

Google form – English - https://forms.gle/Rr3fQfxg474hh9JJA

Google form – Spanish - https://forms.gle/LjvrfHBcnkckwcsw9

Any questions?  Please contact Mr. Erickson for band – pgerickson@fcps.edu or Ms. Emery for strings – aremery@fcps.edu.  We hope to see you in band or strings in the Fall!!!

Updated COVID-19 Isolation Procedures

Beginning May 1, 2022, your child may return to in-person instruction and activities, including athletics, when your child has met the following criteria:

  • Student has completed at least five days of isolation; AND 
  • Student is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
  • Student’s symptoms have improved or resolved
  • Student wears a well-fitting mask for 5 additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance

If students are unable to wear a mask when around others, they are to continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home.

Children who are in isolation will continue to have access to our StreamIn/CheckIn during this time. 

The new procedure aligns with the timeline recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD). It also follows improving vaccination rates in the Fairfax Health District, as well as a continued community level of low in Fairfax County.


Spring Music Shirts are Here!

The music shirts are back and we have many new spring colors for sale! All shirts are $10 + shipping. Everything is sold ONLINE ONLY and will be delivered directly to your house. We will also be sending home a flyer with a QR Code you can scan with your phone to get to the website. Use the link below to order!


Blue Music Ensemble Shirts (Band Chorus & Strings students ONLY)

For Band, Chorus, & Strings students ONLY: you will need a Royal Blue shirt for your concerts. Again, these are sold ONLINE ONLY. These shirts are $6 and will be delivered to the school for Band Chorus & Strings students only. Use the site below.


End of Year Standards of Learning (SOL) Test Dates


How to Survive Middle School

For rising 7th Graders who will attend Luther Jackson MS. This program will run the week of July 25-28. This year, students can choose one of two sessions:

Session 1: July 25 and 26
Session 2: July 27 and 28

The in-person portion of the program will run from 3:30pm-7:00pm and include transportation to the school, dinner, and an LJMS T-shirt. (Students need to be picked up by a parent after the program ends each evening).  Access the registration form here


toy drive

Kindergarten Registration

If you have a child five years of age on or before September 30, 2022, they are eligible for Kindergarten in the 2022-2023 school year. Please contact Silvia Caballero, Student Registrar, via email at scaballero@fcps.edu, or by phone at 703-241-5100, with any questions. You can also find information about the registration process on our school website.

Falls Church Kindergarten Orientation_2022.pdf

Pre-K and Early Head Start Programs

FCPS offers high-quality Pre-Kindergarten and Early Head Start Programs to income eligible families at no cost, including children with disabilities.  View the attached flyer for more information.

2022-2023 PreK and Early Head Start - English and Spanish Translations

Laptop Activity Reports

Parents can get information about their child's activity on their FCPS laptop. Sign up to receive a weekly Parent Report from Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, which will provide a list of the top sites the child visited that week. Learn more about the Lightspeed Parent Report and sign up process.

Request Lightspeed Parent Reports

Temporary Expanded Child Care Eligibility

The Child Care Assistance and Referral Program may be able to help with your child care expenses.  Read the attached flyer and see if this initiative could benefit your family.  

Temporary Expanded Child Care Eligibility Flyer

Cub Scout Shoe Drive

Positivity Project

Westlawn has partnered with the Positivity Project to empower America’s youth to build positive relationships and become their best selves.  

The Mission: To equip educators with the resources, training, and strategy to teach their students positive psychology’s 24 character strengths.

Cornerstones Eviction Prevention Unit

Anyone currently residing in Fairfax County who is behind their rent should contact Coordinated Service Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. CSP will complete an assessment with the tenant and determine their eligibility for rental assistance. If they are determined to be eligible to receive assistance the tenant will be referred to one of the Community Based Organizations (CBO) in Fairfax County who are distributing these funds and payment will be sent directly to the landlord. 

CSP Community outreach English Spanish Large RC print 4UP 12x18 (1).pdf

COVID-19 Testing Sites

If you are in need of a COVID-19 test please see the attached PDF for information and site locations.


Health Screening Questionnaire

To keep our community safe and our children in school it is imperative that we carefully monitor our students for signs of illness, and keep kids home if they display possible symptoms of COVID-19.  We ask that each morning families self-assess their children using the Health Screening Questionnaire provided below.  


Westlawn Computer and Technology Support 

Our Technology Team has created a step-by-step resource to support parents in Schoology, Zoom, and other student learning applications.  Access this website here

Income Discrimination in Housing

The Housing Rights Initiative is a national non-profit organization dedicated to protecting tenants’ rights.  See that attached flyer to learn more.

Know Your Rights (Virginia).pdf

Forms, Documents, and Apps

Students' Rights and Responsibilities 

Here Comes the Bus - Information on bus schedules, routes, and live notifications

Opt-Out Forms 

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