Mustang Memo 6.10.22

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Note from Dr. Sheers

It is hard to believe the year is nearly over! I am honored and privileged to work for such a great community and wonderful students and staff. The teachers, staff, students, programs and community truly makes West Springfield an exceptional and unique school. From Mustang Night to our School-wide field trip, there is so much to celebrate! It seems like just yesterday that we opened our doors to nearly 600 students in August.

We opened our doors, masked and spread out, with joy in our hearts and laughter throughout.

Two years from COVID, we were back full time, It was great to be with friends and teachers, it was divine!

We mastered new skills we did not realize possible, air high fives, elbow bumps, we were unstoppable!

Through spirit days, field trips and fun celebrations, we found ways to find joy in our school and education.

It was great to be back and see our community, As we continued to navigate COVID immunity!

Masks on, masks off, we stayed the course as expected. No matter what, we are Mustangs, stronger together and connected.

Enjoy your summer!
Kelly Sheers


News and Notes

Class Placements 
We are sharing our class placements for next year via email later today. We hope that by providing your child’s teacher information now, you can arrange playdates with their new classmates to help you and your child prepare for the upcoming school year. Please do not email requesting a different teacher. In making class placements, a variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, and academic abilities are considered as we create our new classes.  We also strive to make sure that each child has at least one friend in their class.  That said, we do not guarantee that every student will be placed with their favorite peer and sometimes that favorite peer is not a good fit. Our teachers and staff have worked hard to make sure each child is placed well and for that reason, we request that you honor your child’s placement. Kindergarten and rising Second Grade placements will be communicated in August due to ongoing enrollment. 

Summer Reading Program
Summer is the perfect time to read! Whether reading with friends, reading by the pool, or reading on a rainy day, we want to encourage all Mustangs to read all summer long.

Our Summer Reading Challenge is simple and offers a variety of challenges to meet the interests and needs of all Mustang readers.  A printed version of the summer reading challenge is going home with all K-5 students and it can be found on the school website along with Mrs. Stevenson’s summer reading recommendations. 

Students can return it the first week of school in August to be eligible for our random prize drawings and celebration.

Student Laptop Return
Students will return their laptop and charger in school on the following dates:

  • Grades K-2 on Thursday, June 9th
  • Grades 3-6 on Friday, June 10th.

Lost and Found
We will be donating all items from Lost and Found on Tuesday, June 14.  We encourage all students and families to search the Lost and Found locations in the cafeteria and outside (by Door 3) prior to Tuesday, June 14.

Free and Reduced Meals
For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Eligible families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes.  

Moved or Moving?
We need to have current addresses for all our students! If you have moved, please stop into the school office so we can update our records. If you are planning to move, also be sure you let the school office know.

Medication Pick-Up
The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health rooms must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school (June 10 at 1:30) Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medication must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your child.  If you require Authorization Forms for the 2022-2023 school year, they may be downloaded from the FCPS website at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services.

End-of-Year Assessment Results: The following score reports can be found in ParentVUE.

Don’t have a ParentVUE account? Create one today: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parent-account-registration

SOL Score Reports: Located in ParentVUE beginning on June 8.

iReady Score Reports: Located in ParentVUE by mid July.

The following score reports will be mailed to parents/guardians by Central Office:

WIDA: Mailed late summer

SEL Screener: Mailed by mid July

VKRP (PALS/CBRS/EMAS): Mailed by mid July

VAAP: Mailed by mid August

Please reach out to Patty Hibner with any questions.


Save the Date

Friday, June 10 - Last Day of School/Early Release at 1:30 p.m.

Save the Date!
Open House:  Thursday, August 18

First Day of School:  Monday, August 22