Wakefield Forest ES

First Week of School

First Day

Dear Wakefield Forest Families,


Our first week of school has been great. We have been proud of the way staff, students and families have handled all of our construction and changes.

At this time we are unable to accommodate families coming to school for lunch. Should this change we will let you know. 

As we try new things we will continue to make tweaks to provide the best experience for our students. Those of our families who are walking to and from school can access the path around the field, which is crushed stone. 

If you are driving and dropping off at Forest St. or Norfolk Ave. please be mindful that those areas are not school property and staff cannot supervise. We want to keep all members of the Wolfpack safe.


Sharyn Prindle


Dr. Reid - Superintendent Community Conversation at Woodson

Please save the date for a very special event!

Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Woodson HS on Wednesday, August 24th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district. 

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as childcare. Please use this link to register for the event.

Por favor, reserven esta fecha para un evento muy especial.

La Dra. Michelle Reid, superintendenta de FCPS, tendrá una conversación con la comunidad de Woodson el miércoles, 24 de agosto, de 6:30 a 7:30 p.m. Este evento será una oportunidad especial para ayudar a la Dra. Reid a conocer nuestra comunidad escolar y para que ustedes sepan más sobre de la visión que ella tiene para nuestro distrito escolar. 

Habrá intérpretes de idiomas, según disponibilidad, así como cuidado de niños. El enlace para registrarse sera enviado muy pronto.

Advanced Math

Advanced Math is offered in grades 3-6. Math enrichment occurs in all classrooms grades K-6 for students demonstrating a need. Students in grades 3-6 are currently being assessed for advanced math placement for the 2022-23 school year. 

The Advanced Math Committee reviews the following data to make recommendations for advanced math: previous Math SOL scores, Math Grades, COGAT Quantitative Score, Beginning of Year Math Cumulative Assessment, and Math Behavior Rating Scale (MBRS) which is completed in the spring by the classroom teacher.

Families of selected students will be notified. 

Virginia Math Standards of Learning

Woodson Instrument Petting Zoo

All 4th, 5th and 6th graders are invited to attend a FREE “Instrument Petting Zoo” at Woodson High School on Saturday, August 27th@10am-12pm. At this event, students will get the chance to try out different instruments, meet music teachers, sign up for band or strings in person, and get instrument rental info. Parents and families are all welcome and encouraged to come with their child to explore the many instruments that are available for them to learn this school year.

Band and Strings Program

Strings and Band

Students in grades 4-6 can elect to participate in strings or grades 5-6 band. These classes occur during the school day in the place of one music class. Students received information today. Sign up at the links below by August 31st.

Strings: Mrs. Lubinski Grades 4-6 mlubinski@fcps.edu

Band: Mrs. Cradler Grades 5-6 nacradler@fcps.edu

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 

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6), Middle School (7-8), and High School (9-12).  Please fill in the opt-out form for each child and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or fle@fcps.edu.

Speech and Language Services

Fairfax County Public Schools provides speech and language services during the school day when there is an education impact. Students new to FCPS in grade 1-3 and all kindergarteners are screened by our speech pathologist Aimee Jennings in the first weeks of school. If you have questions, please reach out to Ms. Jennings at aejennings@fcps.edu.

2022-23 Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights

Fairfax County Public Schools wants all parents to understand its policies regarding surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights.

In its Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms (Annual Notice), FCPS provides explanations of the rights listed above as well as forms that may be used to exercise opt-out choices. Two versions of the Annual Notice are available—a grades K-8 version and a grades 9-12 version. Parents with children at different grade levels should read each applicable version of the Annual Notice because the notices and opt-out rights vary depending on the student’s grade level.

Get more information and view the 2022-23 Opt-Out Booklets.

Portrait of a Graduate

Students at all FCPS schools work on Portrait of a Graduate (PoG) skills while engaging in the curriculum. We will be sharing more about PoG as the year progresses. Learn more about PoG here:


Student Rights & Responsibilities

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 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 engage in their learning fully. 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 the 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 review the parental controls available for all iPhone and Android users. More information about the SR&R is available online.

Construction Corner

  • The playground is making progress. The pieces we were able to save have been installed and the mulch was added today. There are a few more details to finalize and a safety inspection will occur before we can use the playground. Additional equipment has been ordered and will be installed when it arrives.
  • In the space between the playground and building there will be a blacktop area  for additional play space. 
  • The office move is planned for sometime next week. Stay tuned.

Here Comes the Bus App

Welcome to Here Comes the Bus!  Know when your bus is approaching your stop.  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time.  Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy-to-use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

How to Get Started:

Using the app is EASY!  You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account.  

From a smartphone or tablet, download (for free) the Here Comes the Bus® app from the App Store or Google Play.

Click here for more information click here.

Important Dates

  • 2022-2023 School Year Calendar
  • Friday, September 2 and Monday, September 5 - Labor Day Holiday, (School Closed)
  • Wednesday, September 7 - Back to School Night
  • Monday, September 26 – Rosh Hashanah (School Closed) - Professional Workday

Mental Health Resources

Our Mental Health Team is available if your child needs support.

Chelsea Boateng, Counselor, cmboateng@fcps.edu

Nancy Garcia-Henderson, Counselor, nagarciahend@fcps.edu

Melinda Hill, Social Worker, mhill@fcps.edu

Anna Bukont, Psychologist, abukont@fcps.edu

Mental Health

FCPS 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 24 and 31


Attendance Phone Line: 703-503-2323

Attendance Email: wakefieldforestelem.attendance@fcps.edu

Heath Room: 703-503-2310

Parent Information Phone Lines/Support for parents who do not speak English as their first language: Parent Information Phone Lines

Parent and Student technology support: IT Support Portal

Sharyn Prindle, Principal, sbprindle@fcps.edu

Amy Williams, Assistant Principal, alwilliams1@fcps.edu

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