Wakefield Forest Elementary School

Open House Information

Open House events will take place on Friday, August 19:

  • 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM     Families Last Name A - L
  • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM   Families Last Name M - Z

Due to construction we are making changes to the Open House plan. Parking at the school is very limited and we encourage families to walk if they can. Additional parking is available at St. Matthews Methodist Church.

Families may enter the building through Door 1 (front of school), Door 3 (bus door) or Door 4 (near the gym) or go directly to the Wolf Den (Outside Quads for grades 3-6.) Due to construction, access to the Wolf Den is best along the gym side of the building near door 4 or through the marked pubic access opening in the fence along Iva lane.

Staff members will be available to help students and families find the correct classroom(s).

If you have purchased school supplies, you are welcome to bring them to school and take them to the classroom during Open House. This will make the first day of school easier for your child.

  • Wakefield Forest Spirit Wear will be sold in the cafeteria. Other vendors, such as our business partner, Andrew Gause Martial Arts, will be available to families in the cafeteria.
  • The Patrol meeting will be at 10:30 AM in the gym with Mrs. Massimo cjmassimo@fcps.edu and Mrs. Maxwell-Gold mmmaxwellgol@fcps.edu.


First Day of School

Families may walk students to class on the first day of school. The building opens at 8:25 AM for arrival. With limited parking and additional challenges with navigation due to the renovation, we ask that only one family member accompany students. School begins at 8:40 AM and we ask families to depart at that time, so teachers can have a great start to the school day.

Dr. Reid - Superintendent Community Conversation at Woodson

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Woodson High School Wednesday, August 24, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know our school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mvetP78TaafNYl0Ax7uf4Xoz3yIRSpnQoHkL4UXJxY0/prefill


Bus Transportation - First Week of School

Families in the bus riding area received routes last week.  Please make sure your child arrives at the bus stop 5 minutes early and that you allow extra time for the bus to return to the stop in the afternoon.  Often the first week of transportation includes adjustments; thank you in advance for your patience!

Please remember that Kindergarten students who ride the bus in the afternoon must be met at the bus door and asked for by name by a parent, parent designee, guardian, or a responsible middle school age or higher sibling.  Kindergarten students not met will be returned to school.

The Here Comes the Bus mobile app is a school bus tracking app that gives you real time bus locations.  Click here for more information about this useful app.

School Supply Lists and Orders

School supply lists are available here.

In addition to the listed school supplies, all students need headphones. Kindergarten will use ipads this year, therefore a headphone with a straight jack is required. Grades 1-6 will continue to use laptops.

If your family needs help with school supplies, please contact our school counselor, Nancy Garcia-Henderson, at nagarciahend@fcps.edu or call the school office at 703-503-2300 and speak with Mrs. Holmes, registrar.

For returning students and families - If you ordered your supplies through the PTA. The PTA will deliver the orders directly to students' classrooms.  

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

The application is now available on the webpage. 

Families will need to apply for Free and Reduced-price meals, which they have not had to do since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. 

  • Online applications are now available.
  • Paper applications will be available at school at a date to be determined.
  • 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. 
  • Please know that we will not share your data or personal information with anyone else. See FCPS’ Trust Policy.

Seeking Outstanding Substitutes

Are you or somebody you know interested in working as a substitute with FCPS?  FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers, instructional assistants, public health training assistants, and public health attendants! You will find information about the application process here. You can also attend one of our Wednesday information sessions to learn more about the application and hiring process.

To sign up for an information session, please visit our substitute information page here. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Upcoming Sessions:  August 17, 24 and 31

Band and Strings Recruitment

Learn more about our band and strings programs for grades 4-6 here:

4th grade Strings- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScBHE2KeiFx1BtZdm_R293pdFk12OUMxsjljgcKszvP1id7UQ/viewform


5th and 6th Grade Band/Strings- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdL3YDfj5gL-ia5TXNN_occADgcwSaA3wEXQQ_UDDq5gFPl1w/viewform 


Attendance Matters



  •   Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  •   Missing 10 percent (or about 2 days per month) can make it harder to learn to read.
  •   Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day every few weeks.
  •   Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  •   Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.


  •   Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  •   Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  •   Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
  •   Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.
  •   Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomachache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  •   If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  •   Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  •   Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.