Willow Springs Elementary School News and Information

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August 15, 2022

Willow Pride

Willow Springs families,

We are days away from our Willow Welcome and only one week away from the first day of school! We look forward to welcoming our youngest foxes at our kindergarten popsicle event this week, on Wednesday, August 17, and we hope to see all of our families at our Willow Welcome on Friday, August 19.

Our teachers and staff are back in the building, setting up learning environments, collaborating, and preparing for an exciting school year. They are ready to have our students in classrooms and build an inclusive community.

Enjoy the last week of the summer! We are ready to welcome back our Willow Family!


Dylan Taylor, Principal

Lesley Hassen, Assistant Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

Kindergarten Popsicles on the Playground

Wednesday, August 17

Kindergarten Popsicles

SAVE THE DATE: Willow Welcome

Friday, August 19

22-23 Willow Welcome

Pre-orders are recommended for Hangry Panda:


Student Monitor Opportunities


We are looking for energetic family, friends, grandparents, or older adult siblings, who may be looking for an opportunity to work, to come to join our Willow Springs Elementary staff. WSES is a positive work environment, and we are ready to fill the following opportunity with members of our community. Applicants must be 18 or older.

Student Monitors

Hourly 8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., approximately $16.00 per Hour


Provides supervision of students throughout the school day, including but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials, and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and non-instructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students.


Any combination of education and experience is equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed, and have general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom.

Please pass this information along to anyone you may know. Interested applicants should send resumes to lhhassen@fcps.edu or contact Willow Springs at 703-679-6000.

Dining Room Assistant Opportunities

lunch bag

Willow Springs is currently seeking a dining room assistant. Dining Room Assistants support students during lunch time. They supervise student clean-up, assist students in the cafeteria, and dismiss students to their teacher.

Qualifications include, friendly, energetic, able to maintain expectations for cafeteria behavior, and loves working with children.

Please pass this information along to anyone you may know. Interested applicants should send resumes to lhhassen@fcps.edu or contact Willow Springs at 703-679-6000.

WSES Bell Schedule

first day

Starting Monday, August 22nd, Willow Springs ES bell schedule will be 9:15 a.m.- 4 p.m. Students can begin entering the building at 9 a.m.

SR&R: Cell Phone Use

At the start of each school year, you are asked to sign to acknowledge your review of the Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) document

The SR&R explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. Read the Letter from the Superintendent on the 2022-23 Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide for Families. Key changes to the document for the 2022-23 school year include: 

  • Adding rights to protect citizenship and immigration status from unauthorized sharing.
  • Changes to FCPS’ Acceptable Use Policy Regulation for Technology.
  • A new section on cell phones.

The new section on cell phones prohibits cell phone use in classrooms. We recognize that this new policy will be a shift for many students and families this year, but research shows that managing phone use during class time will support students’ attention and ability to fully engage in their learning. Schools are partnering with parents to have students understand the importance of putting their phones away to minimize distractions during class.

Students in elementary and middle schools must keep phones silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day unless there is a medical need or emergency, or teachers have allowed the usage of cell phones for instructional activities. Cell phones may only be used on campus before and after school. 

If a parent or guardian believes their child requires access to a personally owned device(s) as an accommodation, they should contact child’s school team—i.e., 504 Committee, Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team, English Language Committee, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Team—to schedule a meeting to have their request considered. 

Parents should talk to their child(ren) before the start of the school year about these expectations for this upcoming school year. Families may also review the parental controls available for all iPhone and Android users. More information about the SR&R is available online.

14th Annual Asha-Jyothi 5K + 1K

14th Annual Asha-Jyothi 5K + 1K


We are pleased to share that we are partnering with a non-profit named Asha-Jyothi  (https://www.asha-jyothi.org/ ) to support their 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 18th, at Fairfax Corner at 8 a.m. All proceeds that we raise will go towards STEAM resources and opportunities at WSES. Asha-Jyothi has generously agreed to donate back 100% of the registration money to each participating schools AND:

  • An additional $500 for 25+ registrations
  • An additional $1000 for 50+ registrations
  • An additional $2000 for 100+ registrations

To sign up, participating staff, students and/or their families visit the webpage: https://asha-jyothi.redpodium.com/2022fairfax5k. Simply enter the code “AJ4schools” and select your school from the drop down menu. A discounted price of $10 for the 5K will be given to all participants.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Free and reduced

Free and Reduced-Price Meal applications are now available on the FCPS website. Interested families are encouraged to submit the application at least ten days before the first day of school. A new application must be submitted every school year.

In addition to qualifying for free or reduced-price school meals, approved students may qualify for benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced-Price Meal application numbers. 

Paper copies of the application are available in the main office. If you have questions or need assistance with the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, please contact our main office at 703-679-6000. We are happy to help.

Fall School Supply Sale 

WSES School Supplies

Hey parents! No matter how you’re enjoying your summer, why not mark “school supply shopping” off your list? Product shortages and price increases are going to be major factors this back-to-school season (have you noticed most stores don’t have their school supplies out yet?). 

Ordering your supplies from Campus Survival Kits means you don’t have to run around town searching for that ONE item, and your students’ teachers will get all of their supplies delivered directly to them for easy classroom storage. Campus Survival Kits are all teacher approved and curated with our teachers. They are our PTA partner this upcoming school year. 

Click here to view the website.

WSES Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear Site

The new Willow Springs PTA spirit wear store is live. Our new store is open 24-7 all year long. We have so many spring options from t-shirts to shorts and hats to protect your head by clicking HERE.

We are excited for our community to show their Willow Pride!

Funds for Foxes

Here are some of the easy ways you can help earn money for the Willow Springs Elementary PTA! Take a look at some of the partnerships we have.

Looking Ahead at WSES

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2022-23 Standard School Year Calendar

News You Choose

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  • August 17 Kindergarten Popsicles on the Playground from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • August 19 Willow Welcome (see above image for times)
  • August 22 First Day of School
  • August 26 PTA Back to School Movie Night from 6-9 p.m.
  • September 2-5 Holiday - Labor Day Break – All FCPS schools and offices closed
  • September 12 School Portraits
  • September 26 No School for Students, Rosh Hashanah, Teacher Workday
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